Is Your Resume Making You a Pest?

Do you ever think of yourself as being a pest?

A lot of human resources professionals do.

Does that sound harsh? Well, let me explain…

If it were your job to review 15,000 resumes a week – would you think resumes were a device for screening people into jobs or out of them?

Granted, most companies don’t receive that many resumes, but many of them do. Nike is a likely example – and I bet Microsoft gets even more.

These large companies use computers to fish around on your resume for what’s known as “keywords.” Keywords are specific words or phrases that are used by employers to find the best candidates for a job. If you don’t know the right keywords to put on your resume, guess what happens? Yes – like a pest – you are screened out!

It gets worse.

Have you ever been reading a book and suddenly realized that although your eyes have been moving the whole time, you haven’t really read any of the last two pages? Somehow your brain went on reading “automatic pilot.” If you care about what you’re reading, you’ll usually go back and re-read the section.

I’ve been told that if a human being is reviewing your resume, the same thing happens — they tend to only read the material in the first and last thirds of the resume. The rest of the resume is viewed on automatic pilot – with little or no comprehension.

They act as if they’ve read the whole resume, though. And then they move on to the next one.

Clearly this is not a great scenario for the hopeful job seeker…

(This is an excerpt from my new book “Fire Your Resume…and Ignite Your Career!”  I’m accepting pre-orders right now. Due to be published in early October.  You can order here:


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