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Companies inundated with resumés

Today’s economy is fuelling record activity in job search. In January,CareerBuilder.com had 25.7 million unique visitors come to the site,the highest in company history. The average number of applications tojobs on the site over the last three months increased 25 per centcompared to last year.<br />

Today’s economy is fuelling record activity in job search. In January, CareerBuilder.com had 25.7 million unique visitors come to the site, the highest in company history. The average number of applications to jobs on the site over the last three months increased 25 per cent compared to last year.

In a recent wide-scale survey, CareerBuilder.com found that the vast majority of human resources managers (78 per cent) reported at least half of the resumés they receive from various recruitment resources are from unqualified candidates.

Nearly one-in-four human resources managers said they receive, on average, more than 75 resumés for each open position; 42 per cent receive more than 50 resumés.

Thirty-eight per cent of human resources managers report they spend one to two minutes reviewing a new application; 17 per cent spend less than one minute.

Compiled here are some tips from Rosemary Haefner, vice-president of human resources at Careerbuilder.com:

• Human resources managers serve on the front lines of a company’s recruitment efforts and are often the gatekeepers of the interview process. Because they can receive a large volume of applications, you may only have a matter of seconds to make a lasting impression.

• You should always have a current resumé and portfolio ready to go because you never know what the next day will bring whether it’s a weak or healthy economy.

• Fifty-one per cent of human resources managers reported they use an applicant-tracking systems to screen and manage their resumés. It’s important to incorporate keywords from the job posting into your resumé because it will increase your chances of appearing near the top of the employer’s ranking of the most relevant candidates.

• Many workers, especially those operating in industries that have experienced mass layoffs, are looking to new industries and professions to find opportunities. In these cases, your best option may be a functional resumé, which lists experience by skill categories rather than chronologically.

• If you’re a recent college graduate, make sure to include volunteer work on your resumé as most employers consider this to be relevant experience.

 
 
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