“You have an open position and I’ve applied, why won’t you hire me”? I’m sure most recruiters have had this conversation before. The possible answers are endless. Let’s start with one: your resume.
My first recommendation to a candidate in the day and age of online job applications is; you MUST submit a resume
. Some employers allow people to apply or submit interest in a position without formally filling out an application. Or, they require an application and give an option of submitting a resume
. The resume allows for more expansion on your experience. Even if you’ve had one job and it’s been behind a fast food counter, a resume can be invaluable.
If you work at McBurgerintheBox and only fill out an application with dates, I’m likely to pass you over quickly when the market is saturated with people just like you. If you submit a resume, you can include customer service, cash handling, training new employees, and process development in your description of your duties. What should your resume look like? I’ve tackled that topic before in a previous post
Been laid off/downsized/company out of business? Why not put that right on your resume? Please don’t assume that the recruiter or hiring manager knows what’s been happening with your specific organization. You can add “reason for leaving
” to your resume professionally.
In my research, I’ve found that most articles on the topic tell you to avoid putting reason for leaving
directly on a resume. They offer the option of including it in your cover letter. That’s certainly a viable option, IF the recruiter or hiring manager takes the time to read your cover letter. But how do you get to the interview if there are gaps in your employment that are unexplained? Think about how it affects the appearance of your resume and make a well informed decision for yourself. What’s right for you, is not always right for me. Of course, if you left your position because you were terminated for theft, then this isn’t really sound advice for you.
Originally posted on Recruitalicious