When you’re on the job search, the process of submitting your resume over and over again can be incredibly frustrating and even defeating. After looking online week after week, you end up completely revising your resume and cover letter yet again. Pleased with what you believe is the perfect resume, you hit submit only to never hear back from anyone.
You wonder what it is about your resume that you keep getting passed over by one hiring team after another and whether you should even keep revising your resume at all. In this post from One Tech Engineering’s technical recruiters, we’re answering your resume questions so you can finally get hired.
Why You Get Passed Over
Although it may feel like you’re doing something wrong, chances are good that dozens of other applicants are feeling just like you are. That’s because for any given online job posting, hiring managers can end up looking over hundreds of applications. To manage this workload, many companies use an applicant tracking system (ATS) that screens candidates. If your resume doesn’t meet the exact criteria their algorithms are looking for, you just won’t make the cut.
Additionally, many companies require jobs to be posted publicly while fully intending to hire an internal referral. This can make getting in the door next to impossible.
Here are a few things you can do to stand out from the crowd:
1. Use Language From the Job Description
Using language that mirrors the job listing is the best way to get past those ATS algorithms while demonstrating that you’re the right person for the job. Be sure to align past work with language exactly as it is stated in the listing.
2. Use a Targeted Headline
When hiring managers or technical recruiters are looking over hundreds of resumes, they tend to notice those that stand out as similar to the job listing. Add a headline that includes the target job title. Next, add keywords that may give your ATS ranking a kick directly underneath the headline.
3. Don’t Limit Applications to Online Submissions
Even if you’re an excellent candidate for the company’s culture and job listing, you may be one of many excellent candidates. Every day, some of the best jobs are found through networking and connections. Working with a company like One Tech gives you the opportunity to get to know working professionals across your field and build those career-changing connections.
How Technical Recruiters Can Help You Succeed
Are you tired of waiting for online job listings to show interest? One Tech Engineering’s technical recruiters can get you started on the path to career success. Whether you’re interested in electrical engineering jobs, civil designer jobs, or another technical position, we offer a complete benefits package and a chance to get back on the job. Connect with our technical recruiters at 952.884.9199, or contact us to discuss your professional goals today!