- Kathy Hubler
How to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job Interview
Want to increase your chances of getting a job interview? Then you absolutely MUST tailor your resume.
Your resume is a living document. It's meant to be tweaked, tailored, and finely tuned. It is NOT a document that you haphazardly throw together and submit over and over again.
You may be thinking: But I'm applying to the exact same role every single time!
It doesn't matter. You still need to tailor your resume to highlight what each employer is looking for.
When you tailor your resume for a particular job, you are making sure that the information you present is directly related to the job requirements and desired skill set for each particular job so that you show a greater connection between yourself and the role.
So, how do you do that? The answers are in the job description!
Here are a few quick tips on what to look for when tailoring your resume:
Read the job description VERY CAREFULLY (more than once ).
Pay particular attention to the 'Responsibilities' section.
Identify keywords, abilities, and competencies in the job description- these need to be in your resume.
Don't forget to review the 'Qualifications' section as this will have necessary experience you need to capture in your resume as well.
Here's the thing... employers are typically inundated with applications for each job posting. I'm talking hundreds of applicants in some cases.
Tailoring your resume will help you grab your audience's attention and make a positive impression quickly.
When you demonstrate that you have the necessary skills, experience, and achievements that match the job description, you stand out as a more qualified candidate and increase your chances of getting an interview!
It also shows that you have taken the time and effort to understand the job and the company, which can indicate your level of interest and enthusiasm for the position.
Related reading: Six Resume Myths Debunked + What You Should Do Instead
Overall, tailoring your resume for every job you apply to is a crucial step in the job application process. It allows you to showcase your qualifications in the best possible way, stand out from other applicants, and increase your chances of landing an interview.
Now go get your resume and start tailoring it!
Kathy Hubler is a Career and Development Coach at Ladies Against the Grain, where she specializes in helping women in the food, service, and hospitality industries to find freedom, energy, and a zest for life through a career they love! Kathy is a Certified Life Coach (CLC), prior to that she worked in some of the world’s best restaurants in New York City after getting her associate’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America and a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, specializing in the yummiest scholarly topic ever, “The Science and Culture of Foods of Italy.” Reach out to Kathy to get the support you need to move your career forward. Just fill out the no-obligation Work With Kathy form to schedule a FREE, 30-minute Discovery Call to see how she can help you reach your career goals.