I scheduled an interview with Moshe a few weeks ago. His resume showed me he was an experienced Office Manager. Perfect I thought. I had a client who was looking to hire an Office Manager with this exact skill set.Moshe arrived at my office on time, he was easy to talk to, presentable, and an overall nice guy.
We schmoozed, played a little Jewish Geography (turns out his wife is my 3rd cousin) and then I suggested the position to him.
He looked confused.
Finally, he said, “I was actually looking for an E-commerce role. I have been running a large Amazon account for the past few years and I’m ready to make a career of it”.
“Wow, I didn’t see that on your resume” I mentioned.
He pointed at the single line on his resume that read “created successful Amazon listings”.
Recruiters may be amazing shadchanim but we are not psychics. Your resume tells us a story and like any good book, a missing chapter can change the entire direction of the plot.
If you want your resume to have its desired effect I would highlight these things.
Transferable skills: Reframe your skillset. Show that you are open and able to take on new opportunities.
Location: While remote is becoming the new normal your location needs to be on your resume. Companies want to know where their potential employees are based. Recruiters conduct location-specific searches for candidates. Without a location, your resume just won’t show up.
And always remember to proofread! A resume without spelling mistakes and typos sends a strong message of attention to detail and competence. You may want to consider a professional resume writer.
Moshe was able to rewrite his resume on his own. The following week he had an interview with one of the largest E-commerce companies in the Tri-State area.
Having the right information on your resume can make all the difference.