When employers have difficulty matching the talent and skills of potential employees with their organization’s needs, it’s more important than ever to know your audience and customize your résumé accordingly. Research shows that hiring managers spend a mere six seconds previewing each résumé they receive which is another reason you need to capture their immediate attention with a well crafted résumé.
Sometimes it’s as simple as adding some additional key words to get noticed: be extremely specific about your skills, and make sure they match the desired qualifications of the position. Recruiters and hiring managers spend the most time reviewing your current and previous position, continuity of employment and education level.
There’s a reason employers state what level of experience they seek. It might seem obvious that an under-experienced candidate won’t likely win an interview. However, a candidate with too much experience may also be disadvantaged. An employer may assume your salary is out of their range or that you will move on as soon as a better opportunity comes along.
Aligning your qualifications and experience to a position description requires skillful writing and the listing of past quantifiable accomplishments that demonstrate you can do the job. Resume writing is part science and part artistic expression. Make your resume current, comprehensive and customized to the position your really want.
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