How to Get Your Resume Noticed in an Increasingly Competitive World

It’s a tough market to find a job, the competition is fierce and the college degree is simply not worth what it used to.  According to a study done by the Young Invincibles Organization, “Millennial net wealth is half as much as Baby Boomers when they were young adults; wages have also declined 20 percent for today’s young workers.” This means that millennials may never have the financial success that their parents have. Click here to read more on other findings by the same study.  And it’s only getting tougher.

Although young Americans today are increasingly well-educated, the same group of young Americans who have a Bachelor’s degrees are earning just slightly more on average than young Americans who had no college degree in 1989. Take into account that the average 2016 college graduate “has $37,172 in student loan debt” and rising, these become very troubling statistics.

So what is a modern jobseeker to do?

Watch the video of how executives and other hiring managers view resumes today:

And here’s the thing, every HR person who has been bombarded by hundreds of resume from multiple sources (LinkedIn, Indeed, Monster, Simplyhired, ZipRecruiter, company website, recruiters, etc…) can attest to, there’s no time to read every resume. At most, your resume would get a 5-10 second glance, if you’re lucky.

So how do you get an overwhelmed, overworked HR manager to spend the extra 10 seconds on your resume and pull it out of the pile?

If you can get your resume past the Applicant Tracking System (ATS) implemented by most companies today, make sure your resume matches the job description. When we scan resumes for an Accounting role, we’re looking for someone who has done most of the job responsibilities before. When you write your resume, do not just write what you did. Stocking inventory is not applicable to an accounting position, unless you’re applying for a position that specifically mentions stocking inventory. For more information, I would highly suggest checking out Modern Career Advice’s free video on resumes and conversion rates. Video 4 of 7

So what happens if you’ve bounce from Marketing to Sales, and are now working in HR?

That’s not an issue! But as an applicant, you must decide what you plan on doing next.

Skip the objective, it’s wasting valuable real estate on your resume. Instead, focus on writing bullet points that are pertain to the new position that you’re looking for.

But what do I know? I’m…

~Just the HR Girl

Bereavement Leave: HR and Loss

When the call comes, it’s an unexpected call. It’s the kind of call that you would dread getting in the middle of the night at 3 a.m. because you already know when you pick up the phone it is going to be bad news.

I was the unfortunate recipient of one of these calls last month and it really opened my eyes to the issues surrounding bereavement and how frightening these situations can be. How a supervisor or HR contact handles this situation could be critical to how the relationship between employee/employer progresses years into the future or create a sour note that envelopes the entire relationship.

To give some background, my family resides in a completely different country. I got a call saying my grandmother was very ill but they didn’t think I would make it in time. After receiving this upsetting news, I immediately looked for flights, called my supervisor to explain the situation, and took the 14-hour flight the next day. I was gone over a week and a half.

How should an HR professional handle something like this?

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