Resume? Or Resume NOT? With Screening Software Becoming More Prevalent, Your Cover Letter Is Key To Getting Job Interviews

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Don’t forget to appeal to the human reader, suggests WallStJobs.com as "robo-resume-readers" make the first cuts.

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You can not rely solely on your resume to be your exclusive selling identity since almost all of the resumes that survive at this point will look alike. You have to use your supporting documentation to motivate the company to meet with you.

It is commonplace for resumes that are submitted online to be reviewed by checking software that searches for specific skill words, degrees, company names and job titles. "The key is getting to the interview after making this initial review," says Robert Graber, founder of WallStJobs.com. "You can not rely solely on your resume to be your exclusive selling identity since almost all of the resumes that survive at this point will look alike. You have to use your supporting documentation to motivate the company to meet with you."

And since most job-seekers have mastered the art of writing resumes that include the requisite key words that will help the resume survive the automated screening, the employment battlefield has now shifted to the cover letter as the catalyst to making interviewing decisions. "Companies look beyond the numerous screened resumes that have the basic skills and experience, and are focusing on the collateral," notes Graber. "This is truly the hiring moment of truth."

While cover letters should still serve to compliment the experience listed in the resume and focus it to the unique requirements of the position, it should also affirmatively sell. "Close the letter with a call to action," suggests Graber. "Offer to meet the reader to discuss the opportunity at a breakfast meeting near the company and suggest a specific location which will show your familiarity with the area. You might consider offering your services on a ‘trial’ or ‘consulting’ basis which will project your confidence in your ability to do the job."

Graber believes that with resume screening-software referring many similarly qualified candidates, all with the same skills, it is more important than ever that cover letters and other accompanying materials be carefully and compellingly crafted to impress the reader. "The cover letter can make or break a job search," said Graber. "It gives you the opportunity to engage a real person as resume reading is fast becoming the domain of computer correspondence."

About the company: WallStJobs.com, the premier recruiting source exclusively for financial service professionals, is a member of the Jobosaurus family of uniquely specialized recruiting sites.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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