Resume Tips to Present Your Job Qualifications and Land the Interview

After some searching, you’ve found a job you’re interested in, and you want to apply for it.

Any Joe Schmoe can apply for a position, but what you really want is for them to call you back!

Here’s how to present your job qualifications to land the interview.

First of all, what are your qualifications?

And do they actually match what the employer is searching for?

Take the time to write out a list of what skills the employer wants to see, then make a checkmark next to the skills you have.

If you’re seeing more blank spaces than checkmarks, it might be a sign that you need to focus on a career that is closer to job experiences you’ve had before or that you need more training

Nobody’s perfect.

Although you should be realistic about whether your skillset is the right fit for the job, that also doesn’t mean you shouldn’t apply to a job listing just because you don’t have the exact job qualifications they’ve mentioned.

Don’t be hesitant to apply if you’re just on the edge of having the right job qualifications. Many people assume that the list of required skills is… well, required. That’s not the case.

According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, the top reason why both men and women don’t apply for a job they’re not 100 percent qualified for is that they felt they’d be wasting their time.

However, Forbes and their Forbes Coaches Council experts say most employers think of the listed “job requirements” as more like guidelines, not a hard-and-fast rule.

Consider transferable skills.

Just because you didn’t do the exact kind of job before doesn’t mean that you don’t have skills that would be beneficial.

Think of what you have learned in your previous jobs. This could include everything from typing proficiency, experience with computer programs, managing other people, and customer service skills.

A study by LiveCareer shows more employers are seeing the value in “soft skills” such as communication, problem-solving, and time management.

Employers can generally teach a candidate how to operate a program or machine more easily than they can teach someone how to be an effective communicator or to teach them how to work well with others.

Do not use a one-size-fits-all approach to your resume.

Instead, you should handcraft your resume to focus on what each employer is most interested in knowing.

Read that again.

This does not mean that you should lie on your resume. However, you don’t want to bore them with information that isn’t applicable to this particular job.

Read those job requirements that were listed in the job posting. Make sure that you are including each of those words in your resume. The hiring manager will be looking for those exact words.

Put yourself in their shoes. For example, you wouldn’t want to read a resume full of details about someone’s IT skills if you were hiring a head chef for your restaurant. Even if the best chef might have worked in IT before, that’s not what you would care about at that moment.

You can make a brief list of the jobs that you’ve had in chronological order, but don’t go into detail unless it relates to skills you would need for the job you’re applying for.

Keep it short.

Workpolis looked at the data from people who were reading candidates’ resumes.

They found that the majority of employers spend 11 seconds or less reading a resume before they either download the file or move on to the next candidate.

Make those 11 seconds count. Make everything as easy to read as possible. Use bullet points and short sentences. Don’t give the hiring manager a headache.

Prove it.

When you’re thinking about how to present your job qualifications to land the interview, think of how you can prove you have those skills.

The Job Network suggests thinking about a problem that you encountered at a previous job, identifying what action you took to fix it, and then showing the result.

For example, which is more effective? “Very proficient with social media” or “helped grow the average Facebook post views from 1,000 to 10,000 within a year”.

This also shows the employer how the skill actually translates into better service, more customers, or more profits.

Show them you know you’re qualified.

Have confidence in yourself.

By believing in yourself, you’re encouraging other people to believe in you too!

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