Criteria Employers Use

Will the applicant be able to do the job I am offering well?

Will the applicant be interested enough in my particular job to remain in the company?

Reliability is also important, but if your resume and cover letter do not address the two previous questions, you will not get the interview unless it is someone who interviews everyone.

Be able to demonstrate genuine knowledge and interest the company to be considered for the job. Having experience in the restaurant or hotel industry and wanting a different line of work can be a more difficult sale for employers, but not impossible.

I see resumes that have a good amount of experience that is not directly related to the work we are offering. However, we will still interview them if they have outlined skills that are relevant to the work offered to them.

A job where you have only worked for a few months will generally not be of interest to a new employer, and if you can leave it off the resume, do it. Google “resumes the skills” instead and starts there.

Renewing your resume and cover letters to demonstrate relevant skills and interests requires more work, but it is worth the effort.

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What is relevant depends on the individual position.

Education – particularly the year of graduation – is not relevant unless it is listed as a requirement. It used to be a standard item in a curriculum, but now that this post-secondary education is common, it no longer makes the candidate stand out. Therefore, if your diplomas are not required for the job, you do not need to list any of them.

10 years of work history is enough. 3 solid and significant positions are sufficient. Listing more does not necessarily make you look overqualified. However, this can create the impression that your career direction has no focus.

Whether in a resume or interview, trimming nonessential items leaves more room for expanding the responsibilities and accomplishments of the jobs you had. If it’s a company with a website or recruiters that rely on keywords, not content, that’s not the type of company you want to work for.

One more thing. Although HR firms drive older youth with other factors being equal, I find it rare for any employer to reject applicants on the basis of overqualification. They will reject applicants if your resume or cover letter gives no indication that the applicant really wants to work for them.

In other words, it is not so much about selling yourself in a proper role, but being as relevant as possible to the right role. Be specific about how your background and skills relate to the position.

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