The secret to get your resume to the employer

call to check if you resume got thereOne of the benefits of being a resume writer is that I work with a wide range of people. Among the people I am currently working with is a Director of Human Resources. She has been willingly helping me double-check human resources practices and job search perspective from an HR viewpoint.

We were talking about the dreaded Applicant Tracking System (ATS). Dreaded on the side of applicants because they are so frustrating. I told her about writing complete directions for creating the text version of the application. We discussed the difficulty applicants have when an application locks up or doesn’t seem to be working.

Did your resume reach human resources or the employer?

Some clients have told me that they have no clue if the resume actually made it through. My HR client looked at me and said,

“You have to tell them to call if they are worried that the resume or online application might not have made it!”

She went on to explain that many applicants are either afraid to call or just don’t call until the time limit is up for the application. Then when they call to check if it was received, it is too late.

The same situation applies to e-mail. If you send your resume by e-mail and something goes wrong on your end or theirs, how do you know it got there?

The solid advice I got from my Director of Human Resources is to check. Call and ask if it was received and explain that it timed out or whatever happened. Don’t hope and pray that it is being read, make sure it was received!

New resource to help job seekers!

For those of you who missed my post on the 8+ Tips for applying Online, I moved it to a page that is easily accessible. Just Click Here! I create text resumes for my clients but if you want to create your own, this gives you all the steps to build the text resume and then tells you how to use it successfully to complete your online applications.

Remember that content is always key to a successful resume and a successful job search!

Stuck in your job search or just ready to move on or up from your existing position? Julie Walraven, a Wausau, Wisconsin-based professional resume writer, who works with a global base of clients can help you find a new career! To find out how, Click here!

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  1. Dee Reat on February 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Not only does calling to check gives you a first hand info about the progress of your job search, but it also shows that you are ready to take action and see the job done until the end of it.

  2. Melissa034 on February 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks for giving us such advice in dealing with making a well said resume.

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