My first week after being released from my previous contract it was time to sit down and start sending out applications for my first overseas job. The first assignment is always the hardest to acquire. Working in the construction industry and with a solid resume behind me, I was fortunate to have what I needed to start my search. I had some midlevel management positions and excellent references and a solid knowledge of the industry. I began by using Google and typing the posts I was looking for to identify a good fit for my skill set. My search sent me in a lot of different directions, a lot of time and effort was wasted.
My current approach and resume would not be enough to land my dream job. There seemed to be a lack of interest in what I thought was a solid resume and I couldn’t be sure anyone was even looking at it. I thought I had what was required to be successful in the positions I applied for but I was not getting any feedback. I decided to use my passion for research to my advantage and make a job of finding an overseas assignment. I would work eight hours a day seven days a week and apply myself as I would any project or challenge that came my way.
I learned that for my resume to stand out it had to meet specific criteria to be picked up by the ATS robots. This ATS system saves the HR recruiters the trouble of going through the thousands of resumes for that one open position they need to fill. And you need to make sure your resume hits all the right items to end up in the recruiter’s email inbox for them to take the time to read it. Once they have decided actually to look at it, they will give it about two minutes before trashing it or moving it forward for more consideration. These two minutes are critical. It is the most significant hurdle to get over, and a well-written Resume will open the door to your job opportunity.
You can get a free scan at www.resume-check.com, theladders.com or Google free ATS resume check and make the suggested changes until you get a 70 to 90 percent score, this percentage will land you at the recruiter’s door.
When a recruiter selects your resume they will contact you and ask you questions; the first one will be about yourself and how you got to where you are it will be open-ended as they want to see how you handle these types of questions. It is the same question asked at an interview but less formal. The intent is to know how you would fair in a meeting with the employer and see if you are a good candidate. The recruiter will ask about your salary requirements availability and where you are in your job hunt. In all cases, honesty is the right policy. If you have looked at the job description and are honest with yourself and can visualize yourself being successful in the position, then it will help you to sell yourself to the recruiter. It also helps to know the market for the job you are applying for when establishing your salary needs. It’s difficult sometimes to know what positions pay in today’s climate as there is such a broad spectrum, but there is information available on various websites like theladder.com and monster.com or indeed.com.