If you have the skill, make sure you broadcast it!
In today’s world, we are finding more times than not that our clients and their customers are searching for someone who provides the skills of at least two different candidates—at least, we thinkthis is the case. Unless these Hiring Managers (HM’s) are creating job descriptions that are not at all feasible, or they are just pulling skill-sets from the sky, we know that these candidates are out there somewhere because the jobs are getting filled, at some point.
Yes, the process becomes more arduous each day, as the HM expects more and more for less. But one thing is for certain: as an active or even passive job seeker, if you do not list all of your skills that you have learned over the years, and someone is searching for that particular skill, chances are that you will be passed over.
Now remember, when you are advertising your resume on the various job boards and/or social media sites, many of the recruiters that begin the initial search are very junior. In the business, we like to call them Sourcers. So while a senior recruiter can sometimes scan your resume and put the pieces together enough to warrant a phone call or email to see if you have the skills for the job, a Sourcer may pass you over if the skills that you believe are not relevant anymore are removed from your resume.
While I am not suggesting that you turn your resume into a version of War and Peace, which will make some of the most patient recruiters eyes roll back into their head, I do urge you to at least mention the skill-sets that you have learned and performed throughout your career to help increase your chances for an interview and ultimately a hire. A combination of specific skills will often put you in front of the right people.
Over the past year, I have seen job descriptions presented to my firm that have made me think, “There is no way this is going to get filled.” Since we thought they were the classic “Purple Squirrels,” we didn’t spend as much time on those positions as we should have. However, these positions seemed to get filled somehow. This is what I think happened: chances are, someone was able to discern by the thoroughness of their resumes (in which they present a full list of their skills) that they were fit for the jobs. Therefore, it is really important today to create a professional resume that specifies your past and current skills without creating something too overwhelming or hard to read.
So if you have the skill, make sure you broadcast it!
What is your best advice for job candidates attempting to stand out with their resumes?