Resume Tips and Tricks 101
Every single day. That’s how often we get resume submissions from people applying for jobs they have absolutely no experience in and that is sugar coating it. For example, the candidate may be a Retail Merchandise Project Manager and they are applying for a Retail Construction Project Manager position. There is absolutely no correlation between the candidate and the position other than the words “Retail” and “Manager”. Had they read the job description they more than likely would not have submitted and would have saved everyone some time and aggravation.
READ THE JOB DESCRIPTION. YOU LOOK SILLY WHEN YOU DON’T!
The Top 3 Offenders:
- Even as an executive search firm that focuses in a specific industry (real estate development, construction and architecture) we receive applicants who are not at all working in our industry.
- Then there are those in the industry who apply for every position nonstop. It’s great to be hopeful but all you’re really doing is irritating the hiring body on the other end. Once you’ve become a “repeat offender” there’s no getting off that list. Read and be selective with the positions that best and truthfully fit your background.
- Finally there are those that are in the industry but have a completely different background than what the job calls for. Example: When we ask for a “Vice President of High-rise Hotel Construction” we can’t entertain the position to individuals coming out master planned single family construction (or vice versa).
Obviously there is no ill-intent from the applicants. We understand that they are just trying to land a good job but you still need to play to your strengths. You also don’t want to oversaturate your resume in the industry or everyone will assume there’s a flaw in you as an applicant.
To prove our point we conducted a little test. We posted a new position with a typical title we often are searching for, “Construction Manager”, but swapped out the job description for a dog grooming position. Can you guess what happened? Individuals actually applied for the position, some with notes explaining why they would be a great fit for the construction position and to add salt to the wound most of those candidates didn’t even have appropriate construction OR dog grooming skills!
This is your career. Read the entire job description and adjust your resume according to the requirements and responsibilities and present it responsibly, truthfully and professionally. Those clients that are in desperate need to hire will and do get annoyed with candidates who ask them to “explain the job description to them”. It’s there in black and white.
Gillian Executive Search, Inc. is a recruiting firm focused in Commercial Real Estate: Development, Construction and Architecture.