Why your resume is getting thrown away

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Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 6:00pm

Are you having a tough time finding a job? Do you feel you are fully qualified but are not getting any call backs? New research says "It’s not you, its your resume."

A new study published by the career website Bright.com, explains there is a huge misunderstanding between job seekers and employers. Hiring managers understand what applicants want: a job. But applicants do not understand what hiring managers are looking for in their resumes.

The website conducted a study, analyzing one million job descriptions and one million resumes, to find the most frequently used terminology in each.

The first mistake job seekers make, is emphasizes their level of education on resumes, when employers are actually more interested in an applicant’s work experience.

In fact, the word “experience” is the most commonly used word in job postings and “skills” is the second. Oppositely, applicants use the words “university” and “college” the most in their resumes.

The second piece of information hiring managers want to know, is the quality of a candidate’s experience. The study explains that it found job descriptions frequently use adjectives like “exceptional,” “excellent,” “essential,” “competitive,” “comprehensive,” “positive,” “dedicated,” and the word “quality” itself.

Yet, applicants put more emphasis on the actions they performed in past positions, and cram verbs like” worked,” “assisted,” and “managed,” into their resumes.

While it is important to include previous work experience, the Bright.com study points out that, hiring managers are more concerned about how well you will work with others. Words that describe personal qualities like “teamwork,” “responsible,” and “environment” were also frequently used by employers in job postings.

Surprisingly, job seekers and hiring managers do have one thing in common: they misspell words. Despite the fact we live in the era of spell check, the study exposed many common misspellings in both job postings and resumes.

The most frequently misspelled words by employers in job postings were “accurately,” “described,” and “variable.” Job applicants had a hard time spelling “principles,” “diagnostic,” and ironically “applying.”

So here are a few things to remember when writing your resume:
1. Include your education, but emphasize your previous work experience.
2. Use adjectives to describe the quality of your job performance.
3. Explain how you work well with others and connect in the workplace.
4. Write in the present tense.


For the full Bright.com study click here.


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