Resumes, Shmesumes. They are a lifeline yet are the cause of so much stress.

If you haven’t noticed, the job market is constantly changing and evolving.

You’ve got to know exactly how it all works so that you can stand out when you are applying for a job. You also have to keep an eye out for your competitors.

With the creation of sites like Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, and ZipRecruiter, job seekers now have the perfect place to find out what is available for their industry.

But the question is what is the job roadmap and does your resume get a free pass to ride?

Like you, every job seeker is clamoring for a spot for an interview. So how can you ensure you get an interview?

There are a few little things I like to ask everyone I speak to that is wondering how they can truly get ahead in their career and get the interviews and job offers they deserve.

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When you can address the following, it can make a huge difference.

You have the ability to give answers to the questions and requirements that recruiters are searching for in the perfect candidate. Research has shown that you have a much higher chance to obtain those interviews, boost your confidence and beat your competitors with the proper resume and career documents.

The question is, what exactly do you do? And how can you optimize your resume to receive more job offers?

Are you sure your resume will make the first cut?

I know you have heard that employers only look at a resume for like 15 seconds. It’s true. Your resume must be focused and ON POINT. 🙂 Yea, I said that.  But if you think about it, this is the only way you can communicate with recruiters to get a chance for an interview.

Why would you chance it?

Is your resume concise, yet compelling and powerful and does it grab attention?

Again, you must focus on the important stuff here. Don’t tell everyone you were the knitting champion in 1993 or that your favorite past time is shuffleboard.

Stick to the relevant facts and accomplishments in your career. *hint: all of the qualifications they are looking for are right in the job description.

Are you selling yourself?

I have a lot of people ask me, “How do I sell myself on a resume?” It’s a great question.

Think of it like this.

When you go to a car dealership, you will ask the salesman all the specs, and what it can do. Same thing goes for you. Your resume is a car salesman. It needs to show off your ‘specs’ aka your career background, and your accomplishments to show off what you can bring to a company.

It’s important that your resume hits all of these points. If you don’t you probably will struggle a bit.

Keep the word count down (2 page resumes are great) and really do your research to find out what employers are looking for.

With that knowledge, you can really get ahead.