What’s unfortunate about recruiters is that we don’t get to meet them until after we’ve sent in our application and our resume – and that’s if we are lucky. It would be great, though, if we could meet all of them and hand in our resume in person, we could perhaps then explain to them all about who we are, why they should hire us and why we want the job so bad. But unfortunately, most of us never get this opportunity, so it’s down to our application to explain these things, and what with the need to be concise and the fact that recruiters can’t afford to spend too long on each application, some things get lost in the process.
But to avoid getting your job application thrown out, you need to find ways to make the recruiters notice you, and you don’t always have to go full blown crazy, you can, in fact, get your job application noticed by being professional. All you need are a few hacks to help you out.
1. Quantify Your Achievements
Just like everyone, recruiters are impressed by numbers. It’s just human nature. Consider the following, what has greater potential to cause an impact ‘I managed a small group of people’ or ‘I managed a group of ten people’? Numbers are stronger than no numbers aren’t they? So, you should make sure that you quantify your achievements. For example, instead of saying ‘I have a lot of experience in sales’, it’s better to say ‘I have 15 years of experience in sales’.
2. Be Funny
The only way to make a recruiter stick to your resume long enough is by making it engaging. What you need to understand about recruiters is that they are regular people, just like you and me. They grunt every morning when they wake up, they love cake day at the office, and they appreciate anything that’s going to make their day more bearable, and if they can get a few laughs – or even just a smile – even better. So crack a joke in your cover letter, be humorous in your resume, simply show them that you don’t take yourself too seriously.
3. Be Honest
We tend to think that it’s ok to exaggerate a bit on our resumes, but that’s not always a great idea. A few years ago, you might have been able to get away with it, but today, with our entire lives being uploaded on the internet, you don’t really expect a recruiter to believe anything you tell them, do you? They will look it up, and if they can’t find evidence online they are going to be doubtful. So make sure that you have proof for anything you claim on your resume.
4. Build a Personal Brand
Competition is fierce; I’m sure you know that, so the only way to set yourself apart from the competition is by building a personal brand. A personal brand can speak of who you are as a professional, and it can also speak of who you want to be in the future. The more determined you are, the stronger your brand is, so make sure to promote that personal brand. Use social media, blogging and a personal website to do that. Update your content often and don’t be shy about letting your creative side shine through.
5. Address Red Flags
We tend to believe that if we stress our advantages in our resumes, then our flaws won’t get noticed. Of course, it’s not always to do with flaws, it’s not that you are necessarily missing an all-important skill in your industry, for example, it might just be that you took a gap year at some point in your life, and that creates a gap in your resume. The best strategy for dealing with these situations is to address them. If you took a gap year, for example, make sure that you mention it in your cover letter explaining what this experience has taught you.
Remember that recruiters are not all-powerful beings that hold your fate in their hands. You simply need to make them notice you by letting your true colours shine.
What other tips do you have for jobseekers? Have you ever used another strategy to get yourself noticed by recruiters? Share with us in the comment section below.