A recruiter reviews hundreds of resumes a day. Typically, a recruiter will know whether a person is a possible fit for a role based on their current and previous jobs. Unfortunately, there are times when a recruiter passes on a potential candidate not because they are not qualified, but because their resume doesn’t show that they have worked in the field or industry that is needed for the opportunity.

Example

Hiring: Sales Professional with telecommunications experience required.

Resume: Provides company name, date of employment, responsibilities and all their awards and achievements, but no direct mention of what the company’s experience in the telecommunication field.

Recruiter thoughts: Pass! The candidate can probably sell, but never sold in the required industry.

Candidate after receiving rejection letter: What??? I can do the job in my sleep.

Job Search Tip!

When developing your resume include a brief description of the company or industry your current and previous roles were in. Well-known and branded companies are easily identified and will give a highlight to the industry or type of company, but not so known companies or start-ups may have a great company name, but not indicate the space the organization services. Include a brief introduction or reference to the type company in the summary of your responsibilities.

 

 

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