Let’s take a look. When resumes are submitted to employers’ resume portals they are first parsed by computerized Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs). It is at this point that 75% of resumes are culled and send to some Resume Black Hole never to be seen again.

Resumes that are forwarded arrive at the monitor of a resume reviewer. This person is trained to recognize the “right background” in candidates’ resumes. However, resumes do not actually get fully read at this point; instead they are “reviewed” at a glance. Resume reviewers visually scan for specific information and only if the sought after selection criteria are available at first glance, will the resume get forwarded. Experience tells us that only 5 or 10 resumes out of a submission batch of 100 ever make it to the hiring manager. But at this point another final evaluation takes place, which can cut the number of candidates who are actually invited to interviews to two, one or none. Would you bet such odds at anything else? No? Then why accept them when it comes to one’s career?

THE SILVER BULLET

Believe it or not, there actually is a silver bullet: Resume Optimization. Optimized resumes are resumes which are written, structured and formatted to punch through the most stringent filters; this will cause them to land on hiring managers’ desks, lead to more interviews and ultimately more and better job offers. RESUME MECHANICS (sm) offers a variety of optimization services to candidates in any industry, which will assist them in overcoming most obstacles on the way to career success.