If you have NOT landed in a job despite having great skills and also a very good academic background, you may be wondering what is wrong and what you should do about it. The answer to your quandary can be found in your resume and your cover letter. It reveals that you should adopt a new approach for creating your resume and your cover letter. Let us have a look.
Whatever may be the changes that may have taken place in the job market, resumes still play a key role in the recruitment processes. This means you must improve the way you present things in your resume.
1. Your resume must contain an objective and a call-to-action
Career experts strongly advise that resumes should resemble sales letters. Just as a sales letter provides the details of the benefits a buyer will derive by purchasing a service or a product, you should tell potential employers how they will benefit by hiring you.
The objective of a resume is to let employers know how your skills and achievements will help their companies. In fact, you should begin your resume by giving these details because it is during the first few seconds recruiters will decide if they should go through your resume fully or toss it into the trash bin.
2. Understand clearly what the employers want
You must read the job postings thoroughly because only then, you can know the skill sets employers are looking for. If you think that you possess the skills, you must highlight them in your resume.
3. Let your resume focus on your skills
There is no point on describing vaguely how you have contributed in your previous positions. Potential employers should know the skills you have acquired by working on those jobs. So, by using specific subheadings for grouping your skills, you must give examples of how you used those skills in your previous positions. Such examples will show to your potential employers that they can expect a similar approach from you.
4. Incorporate a separate section to describe the skills you acquired externally
You may have acquired a few skills outside your earlier workplaces. If you show them in a separate section, employers can know how you can handle stressful situations. Days of testing the I.Q. of candidates are gone. Employers are now testing the Emotional Quotient and Adversity Quotient of job seekers because in the highly competitive environment that prevails in the present-day world, employees are very much likely to face several hurdles. Only if they remain composed and unperturbed and think with a cool and clear head, they will be able to come out with the right solutions for surmounting the hurdles.
Your resume must reveal your skills in these areas. In other words, you can describe some of the stressful situations you might have faced in your life and how you could handle them successfully for coming out unscathed.
5. Understand the right meaning of a cover letter
A number of people have a wrong notion that your cover letter must contain whatever you have said in your resume. Instead, the letter should give more details about you so recruiters can know how you will fit into the role for which you are applying and what you will do for the company.
Experts advise that your cover letter must begin with a strong cut-to-the-chase introduction. You must explain how your achievements and skills will benefit the company for which you are applying and how you will be compatible with their culture.
If your resume as well as cover letter are top notch, you can be certain that you will land in a good job.