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Nearly 430,000 resumes are posted on Monster.com every week with an average of 250 resumes received for every corporate opening. With so many resumes saturating the job market, it’s not exactly surprising that hiring managers know what they’re looking for: job titles, work history, and education. But these factors don’t always deliver the full picture. Read on to learn three resume tricks used by candidates to make a more favorable — and sometimes inauthentic — impression.
1. The Job Description-As-Resume Approach
By now most people are aware of the six second rule for resume scanning: on average, this is how long the typical hiring manager spends looking at a resume before making a decision.
Some savvy applicants attempt to position themselves for success by pulling keywords and phrases directly from the job description and inserting them into their cover letters and resumes. While these resumes might originally look like winners, they interfere with a hiring manager’s ability to get an authentic perspective of the candidate’s skills and qualifications.
In short, while a keyword-stuffed resume may catch your eye, it may also indicate a lack of meaningful content or originality or even sincerity for that matter.
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