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What Did That Hiring Manager Say? Take an Inside Look

January 24, 2015 Leave a comment

recruiter-angry-620x350We’d all love to believe when our résumé and cover letter hits hiring manager’s hands rays of blissful light springs from it, and skittles candy rains down from the sky and fills the room. Right?  Well, I’m sorry. I’m here to help, so  cannot leave you living in fairyland. Hiring managers probably roll their eyes at more résumés than you can imagine. I’ve noted a few of their comments below. It’s up to you to take an honest look at yourself (meaning your résumé and cover letter approach) and take some corrective action. Here we go…

“Every time a job seeker uses a meaningless descriptive word on their #resume like energetic, another hiring manager becomes just a little more exhausted.”  (posted by B. S. on LinkedIn)

  • What to do: eliminate the fluff!

“If I have to spend more than 30 seconds finding out what you have accomplished, forget it … Likely, I will ignore the whole thing…”

“Of the probably close to 1,000 I’ve received, I’ve read less than a hundred submitted cover letters from start to finish. Why? Most people do not take the time to make the letter worth reading.” (poster: Jenny Yerrkin Martin of Careerealism)

“If you’ve been unemployed for a long stretch of time, it makes me wonder what’s wrong with you…” (poster unknown)

  • What to do: Stay enrolled in some type of job training/college course AND get busy volunteering at a reputable organization.  List both on your resume.

“Applying online is a losing game… We build our application process to weed out candidates…” (poster unknown)

  • What to do: Focus more on networking (both in-person and virtually) to get your foot in the door


Michelle Walker-Wade Workplace Literacy Expert

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workforce, Training & Development

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Interesting Statistics About Resumes

September 29, 2014 2 comments

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  • Yahoo gets roughly 2,000 résumés a workday
  • Google once got 75,000 résumés in a single week!
  • 27,000 other resumes are posted on Monster alone each and every week
  • Online job postings often draw hundreds or thousands of responses within just 24 hours
  • One job posting on Monster can generate 200+ résumés in less than a day and most of those résumés will not be qualified for the job
  • Generally, companies receive 50 to 75 résumés for each skilled position and up to 300 for customer-service and entry-level positions.


  • A typical medium-large company gets around 100-200 job applicants per position.
  1. These 100-200 are quickly filtered down to a group of 25 with a 10-30 second glance
  2. The 25 are given a second look, and then filtered down to about 5-10
  3. These 5-10 candidates are given an assessment/test that filters the group down to 3-5
  4. 3-5 get interviews
  5. 1 gets hired


The Challenge of Getting Noticed

  • 75 percent of candidates are eliminated by their résumé alone
  • 53 percent of résumés contain falsifications, and the résumé reviewer can often sense it before even meeting you
  • A recruiter or hiring manager only gives most résumés an initial 10-30 second glance and then sorts it into 1 of 3 piles: Keeper, Maybe, Trash
  • The initial glance generally looks at 1) job titles, 2) companies you worked at, 3) start/end dates and 4) education.
  • Only 17 percent of recruiters bother to read cover letters unless you make the short list
  • 60 percent of resumes reviewed by a computerized scanning system are never seen by human eyes.


Your Online Footprint

  • More than 90 percent of employers are using some form of social media in their quest to find new talent.
  • Most recruiters find résumé reading to be their least preferred method for finding good talent; networking, word-of-mouth, and blog and social media postings are more preferred
  • For every 10 minutes you spend on your résumé , you should spend an hour on LinkedIn.
  • 73 percent of recruiters have hired someone who was introduced or discovered through a social media/networking site.


Your Résumés Format

  • Your résumé should be no longer than 2 pages
  • Your font should be 10 -12pt; no larger, no smaller
  • Your margin should be 1″. Definitely no less than .8″
  • Your career summary should be no more than 3-5 lines
  • 1 percent of recruiters will automatically dismiss a résumé because it contains a single typo
  • 43 percent of hiring managers will disqualify a candidate from consideration because of spelling errors
  • 76 percent will reject the résumé if you have an unprofessional email address
  • 60 percent of résumés are ignored because they’re not formatted correctly or are too cluttered


Miscellaneous Stats

  • Over 50 percent of applicants for a typical job fail to meet the basic qualifications for that job
  • 90% of the time your “passion” is not what the hirer wants or needs
  • 80 percent of those receiving an offer will accept it


The statistics above were taken from a variety of online sources. One article in particular deserves credit for several of the facts shown above. I encourage you to read the article in it’s entirety: “Why You Can’t Get A Job … Recruiting Explained By the Numbers” by Dr John Sullivan

5 Top Resume Suggestions Made to Job-Seekers

July 1, 2012 3 comments

On June 28th I participated in the Northern California Silicon Valley Career Strategies Forum event as a résumé reviewer; we had over 200 job-seekers in attendance.  After reviewing many résumés that day, I  want to share with you the top five résumé suggestions I made to various attendees.

You can  take a look at my youtube video to hear the details, and I will also list them briefly below.

FIVE Top Suggestions in a Nutshell

  1. Don’t try to make one résumé fit all jobs.
  2. Make sure you use the first page of your résumé most effectively.
  3. Let go of the objective statement, and use a career profile or a summary of qualifications instead.
  4. Be more compelling in describing work experience .
  5. Format your text so it is easy  for the reader to view; this pertains to font sizes, line spaces, margin size, etc.

I hope you take time to watch the video.  I believe you will find the information to be useful. Feel free to ask questions or leave feedback below.

~ Blessings!

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy &
Career Strategy

Twitter: @mwalkerwade

Could using a target job title help your résumé get noticed?

May 29, 2012 4 comments

Could using a target job title on your résumé (instead of an objective statement) help your résumé get noticed? Should you use a target job title, or is it best to stick with using an objective statement?

Watch the following video and get answers to these and other questions:

  1. What is a target job title?
  2. What are the three components of a target job title?
  3. Why should I consider using a target job title?
  4. What can I do with the other components of my résumé to make it more targeted to the open position?

– Résumé- Using A Targeted Job Title –

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If I can give you one primary take away message from this video it would be this: A résumé must be targeted to the job. Generic résumés are less likely to get noticed and could be prolonging your job search.

My advice: Think “customization” every time you submit your résumé and cover letter.

~ Blessings to you!

Michelle Walker-Wade
Workplace Literacy
Career & Business Strategy

Fiverr Gig – I will critique your résumé for a specific job posting for $5

December 23, 2011 Leave a comment

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While you’re here, please take a moment to take my poll “What Components of a Résumé Make the Biggest Impact? “.

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Things That may Cause Your Résumé to Get Ignored  (Workplacelit4adults)

I need a job!!!! like right now.. I am tired of waiting…

September 21, 2011 1 comment

I recently read an informative piece by Job Talk With Anita Clew called: “Hiring Process”. This article discusses two employment options that staffing agencies offer: temp-to-hire and direct hire.  At the end of her article a reader posted the following comment:

“yeah ok.. i need a job!!!! like right now.. i am tired of waiting for a agency to call me.”

My article is in response to the reader’s comment.  I know she is not alone in this sentiment of frustration and in no way do I write to belittle the fact that anyone currently searching for a job has a reason or right to be frustrated.  You’re feelings are VALID!


In a tough job market like today, no one can wait for an agency to call them. Agency account mangers are bombarded with tons of applicants and fewer available positions than normal. When a job comes up, the account manger will usually think to his/herself: “Hmmmm who would be good for this position?”  And quite naturally his/her mind will roam to the persons whose names and faces have continually come up before them. Or, IF the job opening requires some type of uncommon skill and work experience, and you have that uncommon work experience, then your name or face might flash before the account mangers eyes and he/she will look for you.

It is unlikely that waiting for a call will result in a job placement. You as the job-seeker (job-needer) must make sure that your name and face continually comes up before your account manager. No, I’m not saying that you should drop by the agency’s office 3 times a week, but at the very least you should:

  1. Call the agency weekly
  2. Do the online tutorials that many agencies offer, and then request to take more of the skills test. This will cause your electronic profile to continuously keep updating with a fresh date.
  3. Update and/or refine your résumé, upload it to the system and email it to your account manager about 2 times a month.
  4. Use the agency’s online job search tool and apply for positions that fit your qualifications and that you would be willing to accept.
  5. Work regularly with multiple agencies, but put more of your efforts into working with the account manager that has been most responsive.

So many people need a job right now, and it is hard to keep tugging along when nothing seems to be working. But remember, it is the one who stays diligent in business who will find his/herself standing in front of their new boss with a smile and a sense of relief.

~ Keep your head up!  Michelle Walker-Wade
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Poll – What Components of a Résumé Make the Biggest Impact?

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Cast your vote please!  You may choose up to THREE!

Also, if you are a HR professional or a hiring manger, please feel free to add additional comments and share your perspective.   Thank you!

I look forward to seeing your replies!

~ Michelle Walker-Wade