I review hundreds of resumes each week. The majority of resumes that I review are not competitive. What I mean by “not competitive” is that these resumes were written in a vacuum. They were not compared with other resumes of similarly qualified candidates. Why is that important?
The job search is a competition. You are constantly compared against similarly qualified candidates in the market. Your resume and LinkedIn profile are the first place you are judged. If these profiles are not well constructed, well written and at least as good as other, equally qualified candidates, then you are eliminated early on.
So, how do I know if my resume is competitive? Good question.
I coach my clients to go on Google and perform a search for resumes of candidates in their field such as “Account Manager Resumes” and click on images. Google will pull up literally hundreds of resumes of Account Managers for you to review.
Take a look. Is your resume competitive to other the candidates’ resumes? Does reflect your hard skills, accomplishments and education is a similar manner? Which resume would you choose if you were the hiring manager?
Take a look at their LinkedIn profiles. Are you competitive on LinkedIn? If not, then you now have the opportunity to revise your profile to be more competitive.
I’m getting emotional just thinking about it.
Have a terrific week.
Ken Lazar, Principal
Ability Professional Network, LLC
Recruiting Sales and Business Development Professionals