For the first time in my career, I’ve been getting passed over for interviews when I apply for new project manager positions. What am I doing wrong?
You’ve encountered a common problem: Going from job to job seemingly with ease until one day applications get no response. The problem is typically one of two things. Either you’ve hit a streak of bad luck where other applicants are more qualified, or your résumé or CV is not checking all the right boxes. The good news is that you can develop a strategy to refresh your résumé to attract interest and ensure your qualifications match.
Adapting Your Résumés
Recruitment practices have been changing over the years and your résumé should align with them. Whether organizations automate their application review process or leave it to real people, today’s résumés must give details that match the job description. Make sure to customize your résumé for each application so it emphasizes the same keywords as the job description.
Take the first five roles and responsibilities the job posting mentions and tweak your profile, key achievements or recent experience to reference those requirements. Use hard metrics about your two most recent projects (budget, span of control, benefits delivered, etc.) to help quantify your experience.
All of these customized changes can be done in 10 minutes or less each time you apply, and you’ll become more adept at it the more you do. This tailored approach also will help you determine if your experience truly aligns with the job opening. If your résumé can’t support each of the job’s top requirements, move on and apply for opportunities that are more likely to help you Eploy land an interview.
If you’re having the same issues and need some help then we offer free CV templates as well as 1-2-1 CV and career clinics to help you kickstart your career. To book a session with one of our project management recruitment specialists all you have to do is register online and follow the link below.>>Arras People: CV Clinics