Your resume has to be good enough in a blind test to get past the trash can.
Getting past the trash can
When is your resume being thrown away? In my last post I gave the 4 major trashing points in your resume’s life.
You have two ways to break through the cycle:
- Have someone give your resume directly to the boss with their recommendation.
- Have a resume that passes all 4 trash points.
Networking will get your resume directly to the boss with a recommendation. Outstanding networking will get you an interview without a resume.
For the rest:
Do you pass the idiot test and the expert test? Assume an idiot and an expert will each try to find a reason to throw away your resume. Assume they have too many resumes and want to throw away as many as possible. They are proactive trashers.
Pass the idiot test
The secretary has to see an obvious, undeniable fit with the job description. She won’t understand all the acronyms, but she knows they have to be there. She knows how much experience is required. She knows it has to be a manager or a worker. She trashes resumes that don’t shout that they fit the job.
Pass the expert test
The boss has a lot to do. He wants a great person to work for him, but doesn’t have enough time to talk to everyone. Like the secretary he throws out the obvious problems. The difference is that he understands the resume. He also throws out the resumes that just don’t feel right. Time is critical to him. The first person he calls has the accomplishments he needs in his company.
How you can test both ways
Run a test. Take your resume and the job ad you are responding to. Hand both to someone who doesn’t know the field. Do they think you pass? Do the same with an expert. Do you pass?
Hoping is not a plan
Stop wishing and hoping. Either network your way in or find your own screeners. You need other people to help you get your resume out of the trash can.
Something To Do Today
Who do you know that is up front and brutally blunt? Take your resume and the job ad you are responding to. Ask them read the job ad thoroughly. Then give them your resume. Ask them to decide in 10 seconds if it looks like the resume passes. Then ask them to take 45 seconds and look closer.
Do you pass the test?
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