U.S. citizens are having a hard time getting hired. They're having even more trouble getting hired for jobs with high salaries. One recent oft-report study, from the National Employment Law Project, found that most of the jobs added in the U.S. since the 2008 recession have been added in lower-wage service industries. Only 22 percent of the jobs lost in the recession fell into this category, according to the report, but jobs in these fields have accounted for almost half of all jobs created since the recovery.
However, it's not hard to get hired when you're an expert at presenting your resume, your accomplishments and yourself. A recent report from Yahoo! Finance quizzed a number of experts on how to put together the perfect resume, and how to distribute it in the proper manner. If you've been struggling to get interviews for the high-paying jobs you're qualified to work, then the following three tips are a must-read.
1. Only apply for jobs you're qualified to work
Some people blast out their resume to whatever firms they can find. This is a big mistake: you only want to apply for jobs that you're qualified to work. Think of a finance firm: if you apply to every single position they have open, they'll file your application away and forget all about it.
Yet if you only apply for the position you're qualified for, like an accounting job, as opposed to an executive position, you'll be much more likely to get the interview. They'll realize you're serious about that job – and not just trying to get yourself noticed.
"Applicants are actually causing the problem by applying for everything," Trisha Zulic, a hiring recruiter based in San Diego, told Yahoo! Finance. "Apply for what you're qualified for, not what you're not qualified for."
2. Be very specific about all your skills – accentuate keywords
Zulic went on to tell the news outlet that she often puts hundreds of resumes all in the same folder in her computer, and then searches for specific keywords to see whose resume she'll look at. For example, if she's hiring for technology jobs, she searches for "C++."
This offers an important lesson to applicants. It's not a given that recruiters will even be able to look at your resume in the first place. To give it the best chance of being read, make sure to accentuate everything that is specific to you. The skills that you have that others don't, the talents that would aid you in working a specific job opening, an MBA degree – these are the types of things, if possible, that you want to highlight and include in keyword form in every resume that you send off.
3. Don't be desperate
One expert told Yahoo! Finance that the human element is one of the biggest problems plaguing applications that he sees. He noted that frustration with the job market externalizes during interviews, causing problems or appearance issues. He also suggested that desperation and frustration may even manifest itself within applications.
"There's desperation out there, and plenty of it," Paul Belliveau, managing director at Avance HCM Advisors, a strategic human-relations firm, told the news outlet. "Some people may be so frustrated or discombobulated they say the wrong things, especially if lucky enough to get an interview."
So if you do get an interview, be sure to exude calm and collected energy throughout – jittery desperation never looks good in an interview. As far as applications are concerned, you can save yourself from the appearance of desperation by rigorously and continuously editing your resume, ensuring that not a single typo or mistake remains. Nothing looks as desperate as a thrown-together, badly-written resume.