If you’ve read about the proper way to write a resume, you’ve probably read that your resume should be short and concise—something that will not go beyond a page or two, at most. There’s a good reason to this.
The person who will be receiving your resume is probably a busy person and as they say time is money in the business world. A hiring manager who has to go through hundreds of resumes just to look for about 10 candidates will not have all the time in the world to dawdle on a single resume.
This is why writing your resume in a way that will let the hiring manager easily notice you is a must. For one, keywords are an important part of the resume.
Whether you are using a resume template or a builder to help write your resume, you will still need to know the important information that you need to put in your resume. Of course, this important information is also something that you should highlight.
Going back to the fact that the hiring manager probably doesn’t have all the time in the world to read a full resume, what they will do instead is to scan the resumes that they have. Each resume will probably be given just around 30 seconds or less for scanning.
What happens is that once the word goes out that there is a vacancy in the company, of course there will be hundreds of applicants who will be sending in their resumes. The manager will probably just be asking for the top 10 – 20 applicants from the list of all the others. How will you go about doing this without wasting too much time?
One way to do this is to scan all the resumes. You don’t need to read them all, just a quick scan will do. You will need to look for keywords that are relevant to the position that you are looking for. Perhaps you are looking for an accounts officer. So perhaps you will be looking for a particular set of keywords in every resume that you scan. For example, you should look for keywords such as payroll, accounting or a certain accounting software that you use in the company.
This will quickly narrow down your search of the best resume. Don’t think of the fact that you might be skipping over some of the best applicants because you don’t see the set of keywords that you want to see. Remember that you don’t have all the time in the world to read each one and time is money in the corporate world.
So this is why you will need to look for candidates in the fastest way possible and not risk wasting your time on resumes that might not be qualified.
If you are an applicant, then you should also take notice of this idea. Now that you know how it works when your resume is received, you should take extra care in what you are writing and be sure that you make a good first impression with your resume.