You haven’t gotten any job offers. But why? Is it because your resume is going unnoticed by decision makers? Or is it simply because you’re overqualified, your interview skills could use some help, or you just don’t have the exact credentials and traits your target employers are looking for?
There may also be a long list of other reasons why your resume is getting through the gates, but you still aren’t lining up offers for the jobs you want. In any case, you know what to do next: Bring your resume back to the drawing board, or look elsewhere for the source of the problem.
If your resume is actually speeding up your job search, then the tips below should ring true.
Your Resume Is Your Friend
Here are three simple ways to tell if your resume is on the right track:
1. You’re getting limited negative feedback from reviewers. If you’re submitting your resume to friends, family, and professional editors, and these people are nodding with satisfaction and handing your document back to you unchanged, that’s a good sign. One reviewer’s seal of approval might just be a fluke (or a sign of a lenient editor) but five or more means there simply isn’t much to change.
2. Your phone is ringing. If you’re being contacted with invitations to phone screenings, video interviews, and in-person interviews for at least one resume submission out of twenty, that’s a sign that your resume is pulling its weight in your job search process. (Your cover letter may also be making waves.) Even a call or email from an employer to let you know you’re on an interview short list or ask questions about your availability is a good sign.
3. Recruiters are reaching out to you as well.If your inbox is flooded with job offers being sent to you by recruiters, it could just mean you’ve used the right keywords on your LinkedIn profile. But it could also mean your resume is making the rounds and outshining your competition.
But Why Are You Still on the Market?
The signs above are all strong indicators that your resume isn’t holding you back. In fact, it may be one of the more valuable items in your job search toolkit. But what’s next? If your resume isn’t the obstacle standing in your way, then what is? Consider these possibilities:
1. Your interview skills could use work. You may be making a few blunders during your phone or in-person interviews that aren’t visible to you. Try practicing by running through a mock interview with a friend and a video camera and then carefully observing your words and body language to see if you’re missing a beat.
2. You’re asking for too much. Your salary requirements may be too high for the kinds of positions you’re pursuing, or you may be expecting too much from your employers in terms of benefits, work-at-home capabilities, or perks. That’s fine, and you need what you need, but you may want to start focusing your search on employers who have the financial resources and flexibility to provide these things.
3. You’re aiming too high or too low. Take a closer look at your credentials through the eyes of your targeted employers. If your sights are set a little too low, employers may consider you overqualified. If they’re too high, your competition may be getting the best of you.
Find Out What’s Broken and Fix It
No matter what the problem might be, a visit to LiveCareer can put you back on track. Take a career aptitude test, and if the problem really does lie with your resume, use the site’s award-winning resume builder to create a perfect resume.