During ResumeEdge’s first Ask An Expert live series on Google+, we received many great questions concerning resumes, interviewing, job search and how to stand out among hundreds, or thousands, of other equally-qualified candidates in a poor job market. As the ResumeEdge Managing Editor and SME (Subject Matter Expert), I heard you and responded.
Because I wasn’t able to reply to everyone’s questions, I’d like to answer a few more here.
Questions Asked; Answers Provided
Lei Ai: How do you deal with rejection and discouragement during this process?
My answer: Given the poor economy, it’s not easy to have to compete with dozens (or hundreds) of equally-qualified candidates. Working harder than the others won’t necessarily win you an interview. However, working smarter will. Make certain you tailor your resume/cover letter to each job opening. Paint yourself as the ideal candidate for the position. Most candidates don’t do that. It will make you stand out. Getting a job isn’t easy, but it is doable, if you know what hiring managers are looking for. Above all, don’t give up.
Nancee: How do you overcome objections, such as being overqualified or under-qualified, not having enough experience, etc., on your resume?
My answer: You need to apply for those positions where you can do the job. If the employer wants someone with a certain certification and you don’t have it, you should either get it or move on to another position. The key is showcasing what you can do for a company that closely matches what they’re looking for in a candidate. The requirements in job postings are ‘wish lists’ for employers. They don’t expect you to have every skill. However, they do expect you to have most.
Misty: How do you handle being laid off or fired on a resume?
My answer: You need to fill in the gap and explain what you were doing during your ‘down’ time. In this economy, employers know candidates will have been laid off due to company bankruptcies, downsizing or outsourcing. However, if you simply sit around the house waiting for an opportunity, you won’t be invited to interview. Plug in the gap with volunteer work that is related in some way to your industry. If you started your own company, list that. List courses you took to transition to a new career. Show that you did something to improve your worth to a hiring manager.
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Gloria: What do I do for my CV to get a really good job?
My answer: Make certain your resume or CV is professional in appearance (no typos/grammatical errors) and that it highlights your unique skills, knowledge, abilities for the targeted position. Never simply write one resume and send it to dozens or hundreds of job postings. You’ll be wasting your time. Hiring managers are looking for a close fit to the position responsibilities when it comes to a new hire. Make certain your resume or CV paints you as the ideal candidate with the necessary skills.
Rolando: I will be 79 next December and need to work part-time, sub-contracted or on a full-time basis. What should I include in my resume? Do I mention my IBM experience? What are my chances of getting a job?
My answer: Skilled individuals are always in demand. Therefore, you need to keep your skills up to date. There are many online courses available that will help you sharpen your skills. If your IBM experience is more than 15 years old, you shouldn’t showcase it as most hiring managers will feel that it’s too dated to count. Your first step should be to decide what you want to do (and can do), then search online job postings. Match your qualifications to the job requirements. That’s what you should put on your resume. If you appear to be a close fit for the position, you will be called in to interview.
Thanks, again, for all the wonderful questions.
Here’s the video in case you missed our first live broadcast.
Our next live broadcast on Google+ – Resume Writing 101 -will be on October 24 from 12-12:45 pm Central Time.
Hope to see you there.