And then the agony goes away because after your umpteenth application, you stop wondering. You just submit the same old resume and cover letter, changing little if anything.
Don’t get like that. Recruiters I interviewed for a Labor Day job series in the U-T San Diego newspaper, were adamant that yes, they look at every, single application (though some more briefly than others). They focus on the resume and want to mostly know this: Are you qualified?
I contributed several stories to the U-T’s special section but one of my favorites was interviewing local recruiters — the first eyes on an applicant’s resume. If they like what they see, they move it on to the position’s hiring manager. So, how do you get past that first step? Take a look at my stories (and other ones that were also quite helpful):
- Time for a résumé makeover, published Sept. 1, 2014 in the U-T San Diego (single page)
- Tapping into the power of LinkedIn, published Sept. 1, 2014 in the U-T San Diego
- How to get your resume online today, published Sept. 1, 2014 in the U-T San Diego
More from the series:
- They make how much?
- Biggest mistakes job candidates make
- Interview Interplay: Know what to expect
- How much does that job pay?
- It’s who you barely know
- Big demand, good pay