In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. explains how to get more interviews when you apply for a job.

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This show is about how to get more interviews after you submit your resume for a job. Let's look at this from the employer's perspective. I'm pretty sure my observations because I receive a time of resumes. As a matter of fact, as of the recording of this, I had over 5000 unopened emails in my inbox. Pretty amazing, huh?

I was just a guy doing recruiting. You can imagine what it is like in a major corporation!

How do you actually get someone to respond to your resume in a way that's going to get you the result that you want?

Generally, people sent 2 files to me. They send the resume file and a cover letter file. Step number 1. Don't do that. Don't send a cover letter file. No one reads cover letter files. It may be read if it is in the body of an email. Even then, there is no guarantee.
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If there is a reference to job, the 1st thing will do is mentally checking off how you fit against the requirements of the job. That's what all of us, whether a third-party recruiter or a corporate recruiter will try to do. We want to know if you fit the job that you selected for yourself. We opened up the resume and look and there it is… NOTHING! Nothing in your resume fits the job that you selected for yourself.

Here's what you do. It really isn't that difficult. Take the job listing that you saw, copy and paste information that you saw in the job description and make it the new page 1. The reason I suggest doing this when applicant tracking systems are reviewing resumes, they are looking for particular keywords in particular places in the resume. You are gaming the system by entering all those keywords onto page 1.

If you don't have experience with it, don't include it. Once you have a list of items that relate to the job description (that's in terms of the requirements and the function they want you to perform)... Let's say you list the set of skills that you want you to have, a list that set of skills. If there are functions you will be doing once you are on board, list those functions. Where you perform them next to it, you will put for example, "3 years, current." "2 years up until one year ago." Get the idea?

What you are doing is causing them to see very quickly how your background matches. Now, you have to go one extra layer. In the resume itself you have to include some of the data about what you did and how you went about doing it. That's if you are applying in the standard way for a job through an applicant tracking system.

On page 1 of your resume, show how you match up. Not in the cover letter because the applicant tracking system doesn't care about the cover letter and it doesn't care about a "cover email." Put it into the body of the resume as page 1. As you slide down putting more data about how you perform those functions and what your experiences with those particular skills and experiences that they are looking for.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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