You Just Submitted Your Application. Now What?

You found a job you’re interested in, and you just applied for it. The thought of being selected for this position is beyond exciting, but now, all you can do is wait.

This of course can feel frustrating because not knowing if you’ll even make it to the interview stage is hard. Ideally, you’d find out right away, but in reality, recruiters are likely working to fill several positions at once and receiving a high volume of resumes for each.

While you can’t speed up the hiring process, there are a few things you can do to make your resume stand out from the crowd.

Here are three tips to help your application catch the recruiter’s eye — in a good way.

Tailor Your Resume

Once upon a time, it was perfectly acceptable to use the same resume for every job you apply to. However, things have changed and this practice no longer works.

This allows you to highlight your skills and abilities most suited to the job, which really sells your fit. It also sends the message that you’re so interested in the position, you took the time to customize your resume for it, which won’t go unnoticed.

Avoid Getting Creative

You might think it’s a good idea to literally make your resume stand out with brightly colored paper, inventive fonts, and graphics, but this is actually a major don’t. First of all, this might make it impossible for a company’s resume scanning software to read your resume, which could automatically disqualify you.

Beyond that, these extravagant updates just make your application appear unprofessional. This is the last thing you want, so stick to the basics and know that alone is your best move.

Check and Double-Check

Spelling and grammatical errors on your resume will almost definitely ensure it is tossed in the reject pile, so don’t forget to proofread. In fact, you should proofread at least twice — in addition to running spellcheck — and ask someone you trust to review it as well.

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