People always ask me how to get noticed when applying for a position. A fairly simple approach is usually the best. I will highlight my thoughts.
1. READ THE JOB AD AND DESCRIPTION: I will be the first to admit that I do not always notify candidates that are exact matches about openings that I have. But to be square with you, some of the time that is automated. I can’t possibly go through every single resume I’ve ever received over the years to check for all the details on first pass, so I will trust the technology I have and trust you to let me know if you feel like you are a good match based on the descriptions I’ve posted or emailed.
That being said, PLEASE, read the description before apply. If you are close, then continue, but make sure you have the necessary skills asked for. Otherwise you may be wasting your time and the last thing I want to do is waste your time. If it’s not a fit, a really simple thing to do would be just hit delete.
2. Resumes, Resumes, Resumes: So you hear recruiters say target your resume. This is a good idea. You can have 2-3 different resumes (hands-on, management, etc) on file and just tweak them for the jobs you apply to. If you don’t you maybe a great person for the position and we could miss you. It takes a few minutes of extra work on your side, but can add to your search efforts.
3. How to tweak: Read the job description. Find what matches your past during your career experience and highlight those skills in your resume. (via bullet points, job responsibilities section, skills section, etc). Trust me, this helps.
I know these can be annoying and feel like it’s not worth it. But it will help. Good luck in your search.