It is a sad truth. No one wants to read your resume. Hiring managers would
absolutely love it if they didn't have to read another resume for the remainder
of their careers. Why? Reading resumes is boring. Well, that statement needs to
be qualified a bit. Most resumes are boring to read. Some resumes are amusing
with their erroneous mistakes and unusually worded assertions.
Even though no one wants to read your resume – or anyone else's – resumes do
get read each and every day because that is the way people most often get jobs.
Employers match their needs with the qualifications of a variety of job
applicants via a resume.
It is a tedious process and it is ultimately flawed.
Even with the use of computer scanners and keyword recognition software,
subjectivity eventually plays into the equation and one resume is discarded
while another one is kept. We are human and by nature we make decisions based on
our experience and knowledge. Sometimes those decisions result in bringing in
awesome human talent to a company's human resource base. Other times, the
decision is based on flawed information, bias or lack of understanding about the
position or the individual.
In addition, consider a perfectly qualified candidate who does not have the
appropriate keywords or enough of the right keywords in his or her resume. That
resume never makes it past the scanning process even though the individual could
very well be the best person for the job.
The goal of computer software is to take the human aspect of scanning resumes
and make it easier and less subjective. Unfortunately, it, too, is flawed as it
cannot ensure the best candidates are actually chosen to be looked at more
carefully. It merely selects individuals based on a set parameter of options –
entered by humans – and searched for on resumes.
It still boils down to: No one wants to read your resume. Reading resumes is
time consuming. It is tedious. While the resume software assists in selecting
resumes to be read in depth, it still does not work as well as human eyes, human
knowledge and human intuition. It still allows for resumes to squeak through
simply because they are loaded with the right keywords, while other resumes
which are not laden with such jargon or keyword-rich content are discarded
regardless of the actual qualifications of the candidate.
The best any of us can do is to create outstanding resumes. Does that go
completely against the title of this article? It sure seems to. No one wants to
read your resume. In truth, though, it is BECAUSE no one wants to read your
resume that you MUST make it as professional and perfectly crafted as possible.
How? Read everything you can on the subject of resume-writing. The links at
the bottom of this article take you to a web site that is loaded with
outstanding information about writing a professional resume and there is no
charge for any of that information. Read as much as you can so that you have the
best possible understanding of the kind of resume format suits your situation
best, the errors to avoid and the various ways to add impact to your words.
Even though no one wants to read your resume, it will get read. It will get
scanned. You have to make sure it works for you and not against you.