I was asked by our Editor, Jeff Wedge, to write an article in both English and in Russian. I struggled with identifying a topic for some time, as I wanted to choose something that would be interesting and informative in both languages.
There are a lot of Russian professionals moving to Western countries, and sooner or later they have to start searching for a job.
Many candidates complain that they never hear back from recruiters, and it is widely believed that the recruiters don’t even read the resumes they receive. I’ve also heard the opinion that recruiters are so dumb they do not even understand the roles they are working on, and they do not appreciate the superior qualifications of the candidates. That is definitely a case of wishful thinking. I have an example for you.
Once I posted a job on LinkedIn. I was looking for a Financial Advisor, and the job description mentioned a certificate and a financial designation a candidate must possess in order to be considered for the role. I got a resume from someone who not only did not have the required education, but she never worked in the financial sector, ever. I was so curious as to why she would apply for this job, I gave her a call. Here is our dialog:
– Do you have this designation?
– What about this certificate?
– Hmmm… How long have you been working in the banking industry?
The irritation on the other end of the line is palpable. How dare I ask such silly questions!
– Well, my resume clearly says that I have worked in a library for the past three years!
– Right. Can you please tell me, why are you interested in this role?
– Because it is a perfect fit for my education and experience!
– You live in Toronto, the vacancy is in Collingwood (note for non-locals – it is about 1.5 hour drive from Toronto, in good weather and good traffic that is). Are you willing to relocate?
– Of course not! I have a house, and my children go to a good school here. Do you have anything closer?
Unfortunately, this person is not the exception.
But what if you do have the required experience and education, and you keep sending your resume and yet no one replies?
First of all, read the job description very carefully and then make ugateamunited.com/online/ sure the required and desired experience and qualifications are highlighted on your resume.
Then, make sure you describe your current and past roles in detail. Instead of writing: 1999 – 2005 Pharmacist in “Meds R Us” and leaving the reader to guess what you were doing there, elaborate. Did you order and receive the medication? Did you work with customers? Were you responsible for reporting? A small detail can help a recruiter decide whether or not to give you a call.
Next step – please make sure you do not have any grammatical errors, typos or any other kinds of literary oversights. Some people even make typos in their phone numbers, which makes it impossible for someone like me to reach them.
One thing I would like to elaborate on is an email address. While you may find that the address with your first and last name has already been taken on Gmail, especially if your name is very common, you can still try other resources like Hotmail, Yahoo and others. Do yourself a favour, do not use an email address like yourbarbygirl85 @ xxxx.com on your resume. It’s unprofessional to put it mildly and what one does in their personal life is up to them.
Last, but not least. Please do not embellish. Do not lie. It’s one thing to rewrite your experience so the lingo matches the one in the job description, but don’t make up your experience. I have seen thousands of resumes in my lifetime, and I can tell you – even if I am briefly scanning the page, I still can notice inconsistencies. An electrician who has worked for 7 years, but received their licence last year will surprise me for sure. Some time ago I spoke to someone whose resume stated that he was employed by XYZ bank. When I called him, he reluctantly said that he left two weeks ago. Coincidentally I had to call a branch where he used to work, and when I mentioned his name, I was told that he left two months before. There was nothing wrong with a departure per se, he was not let go, he did not argue with anyone, just left for personal reasons. I still do not understand why he had to lie about it. If he did not, he would have been working by now.