I came across a blog entry today that suggests 3 tips for creating a resume. The tips are helpful, but what I found most interesting is that the author explained that hiring managers do not read resumes in the same way - they do not all look for the same information, the same key words, the same organization, and the list goes on. What I took from this blog is that job seekers need to put a lot of time and effort into re-crafting their resumes before sending it out to ensure that it contains all of the information that the hiring manager is looking for and is presented in the order in which the hiring manager hopes to find it.
Is this a realistic approach to a job search, though? Job seekers can ultimately waste valuable time trying to alter their resumes to each and every hiring manager's preferences - but how do they know what the hiring manager's preferences are in the first place?
Like I said, the tips in the blog are helpful, so they are listed below. However, creating a OneWire profile can help you give hiring managers the information suggested below, without having to update your resume every time you find a job for which you would like to apply.
1. Your resume includes all necessary information because you read the job description completely.
This is certainly a good idea when writing your resume. You should tailor parts of your resume to highlight relevant skills and experiences that are listed as requirements in the job description. However, reading the job description - no matter how closely you read it - will not give you much insight into the hiring manager's preferences. So, if you do not present your information in the way in which they expect it, can you really be sure they are going to consider you as a candidate?
On OneWire, hiring managers do read through your profile in the same way because every candidate's profile is formatted in the same way. We designed the candidate profile with the help of hiring managers at top firms, so you can rest assured that your profile contains the information they want and is aligned with their preferences.
2. Your resume is clean and concise.
Organization is key when it comes to writing a resume. Because you have such limited space, you need to find a way to present all of your information - that is not in a size 6 font. Again, the hiring manager's preferences come into play. Just as they may be looking for certain keywords or abbreviations, you can bet that they are looking for your information to be presented in a certain order, an order that you might feel does not make sense or does not best represent your experiences.
Because candidates' OneWire profiles have the same formatting, their information is always in the same order. Hiring mangers know how to navigate your profile to find exactly what they need, so you do not need to worry that they will miss any important details.
3. Your resume includes requirements and qualifications exactly as they are phrased in the job description.
Again, good idea. You want the hiring manager to know that you are well qualified. But what if you are missing one or two of the requirements? Should you even bother applying?
OneWire eliminates the confusion. Hiring managers and candidates fill out similarly structured profiles to ensure that all relevant information is captured when candidates are matched to opportunities. This way, if you are matched to an opportunity, you know that you are qualified and will be considered for the role.
OneWire can save you time in your job search. Create your profile at www.OneWire.com to find out how.