There’s a problem when it comes to software. No matter how intelligent it gets, software is not a person. That means, eventually, even the best software loses the human touch at some point. And so it is with resume searches. As David Dirks points out in his article in the Times Herald-Record, software can be an imperfect solution.
As Dirks points out, recruiters can be swamped with hundreds and thousands of resumes for every job they post online. that’s actually a theme we’ve touched on before with our resume editing services. With so many resumes coming in, you’ve got to stand out. Not only does your resume need to “POP” to its human reader, it’s got to utilize the right keywords to make sure its found in the software searches recruiters perform to cull the herd.
However, as Dirks discusses, some people “game the system” by stuffing keywords into their resume that just don’t belong. Yes, you want to have the right keywords in your resume so you are found for the right opportunities. However, that does not mean using keywords that are not relevant to your experience or expertise. Of course, some people do just that and it throws a monkey wrench into the entire system. So what should you do?
Dirks suggests a combination of job boards and networking and he’s right. Find the medical sales job you’d like on MedReps.com. Then, find a contact through your network to put a pulse with the resume. Does it guarantee you an interview? No, but it does offer you improved odds, because you are now a person that someone knows, not just a faceless resume.
To make that connection a little easier on you, MedReps has just released its new LinkedIn integration. By signing in to MedReps with your LinkedIn account, you’ll be able to see who you know at the different companies posting jobs on MedReps. If you see a job you like, you may also see that you have a connection to that company through a former coworker. the LinkedIn integration does a great job of pulling together the online and offline reality of today’s job search.