You were invited: how to submit a resume to get an interview

Are you actively looking for a job and submitting CVs to all vacancies in a row, believing that “it won’t get any worse”? In vain. Anastasia Kuskova, director of transformation at Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) and author of the telegram channel “Girl in a Career”, tells when efficiency is more important than activity, whether it is necessary to adapt the resume for a specific vacancy and why many recruiters do not read your responses.

You were invited: how to submit a resume to get an interview

Recruiters unanimously voice the statistics: about half of the candidates do not meet the basic requirements for vacancies. This happens because job seekers do not really think about whether they are suitable for a specific position or not. Dry numbers: on average, candidates spend only 50-70 seconds reading the job description before applying for a job. Not understanding the level of compliance of their candidacy and not adapting their resume, they practically guarantee themselves to receive another rejection.

First of all, it is important to know: today, when you apply for a job online, your resume is usually not sent directly to a recruiter. It is first processed by the ATS (applicant tracking system), an automatic system that weeds out unsuitable candidates and ranks those who are suitable according to their match level. ATS is used by 99% of Fortune-500 companies. Judge for yourself: when several hundred responses come to a vacant position, it is physically impossible to look through each “manually”.

And because the more accurately the keywords are selected, the more matches with the settings set by the recruiter, the more chances that the resume will reach the recruiter, and you will receive an invitation to the next selection stage. For ATS algorithms, keywords are important, its format and structure. On my Telegram channel, I posted a universal checklist-cheat sheet, by which you can check your resume.

Next, you should understand how your resume matches the position for which you are applying. Of course, if the resume matches completely, then you need to send it and wait for further developments. But it is worth submitting even in those cases when you are not 100% suitable. What are the criteria and how to optimize your approach to filing?

Compliance rate 85% and above

This is the case when a candidate is not suitable for any one indicator. For example, work experience is not 6 years, but 4 years. In this case, 6 years is ideal, but in life there are no ideals. And if your resume is absolutely consistent with the vacancy on the rest of the points, this is unlikely to prevent an employer from inviting you for an interview.

Compliance rate 60-85%

This happens if you are changing industry or function, when there is a lot in common with the vacancy, but at first glance, the parallels may not be obvious.

In this case, the resume needs to be properly worked out: check the keywords, highlight the most relevant projects and achievements for the vacancy, remove everything unnecessary, including experience that has nothing to do with the position you are interested in. Particular attention should be paid to transferable skills (that is, skills applicable in any area and function, such as team management, communication, etc.). Underline those achievements and results that are qualitatively consistent with the job in question. Your task is to demonstrate your potential and identify exactly why you are suitable for this position. There is no need to write about what you want from your job – if everything goes well, it will be discussed at the interview.

Compliance rate less than 60%

If a vacancy in a completely different industry does not match your experience, you have few transferable skills for it, and you did not do most of the tasks from the description – do not apply. Don’t waste time: neither yours, nor the recruiter. If this is a dream job, keep it and gain the necessary experience to pull yourself up to 60%. Let this be a guide for the future.

Of course, you can also submit your resume when matching is not enough. But mailing out “at random” can play a cruel joke: in large companies, resumes remain in the system for a while, and you have a strange profile of applications with rejections, often in irrelevant positions. In addition, it is demotivating and makes it difficult to focus on really suitable positions. You are scattered, there is no result, in the end it seems that nothing is working, no one needs you and the general attitude suffers greatly. In a word, it is ineffective.

Once again, in order to receive invitations to interviews, it is important to correctly and systematically approach the process of applying for vacancies. A career strategy begins with reflection, a sober assessment of one’s assets and liabilities (accumulated knowledge, skills, experience), as well as one’s interests and desires. All this adds up to a career profile, having tried it on to the modern needs of the market and you will be able to answer the question: where your knowledge and skills will find maximum application and create value. And then the percentage of matching the vacancy will tend to 100, and the search for the desired job will become effective.

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