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How to Make Sure Your Resume Ends Up in the Reject Pile

Posted: 11/04/2012 5:00:00 AM by AMMA Mining Oil and Gas Jobs
Filed under: Job-seekers, Career-resources

What are your best chances for breaking into a mining job? How do you get an offshore job if you don’t have any experience? We frequently see the ‘apply for anything and everything tactic’ used by jobseekers eager to gain traction with hiring managers. Guess what? It doesn’t work. In fact, it could hurt your chances of every getting a job.

Kyla Jones, Site Director at AMMA, offers her observations of working with corporate recruiters day after day.

“Hiring managers are incredibly busy people. It’s not unusual for them to get dozens or even hundreds of resumes for a single job advertisement, especially for entry-level and semi-skilled roles. When they start to see the same name for every single job posting, it’s easy to reject the candidate without even looking at their credentials.”

Put yourself in the place of the hiring manager who may have 10, 50 or more than 100 jobs they’re trying to fill all attracting numerous resumes. Most of the jobs currently available in the resource industry require a fair bit of skill. If you’re getting hundreds of resumes across your desk to review in a single day, you’ve got a big job on your hands.

“When reviewing resumes, most recruiters aren’t looking for the best person to hire. They don’t spend time reading each resume trying to find out if the candidate is suitable for the role. That’s what the interview is for,”
Ms. Jones continues. “Instead, they’re trying to figure out who they can eliminate from their huge pool of candidates. The decision making process really begins when they have a manageable number of qualified resumes to review.”

The last thing you want to do is give yourself the reputation of being a resume spammer. Eagerness to do the job and a commitment to hard work just aren’t enough to secure a resources job. You must also show good judgment, the ability to follow directions and prove your suitability for the job for which you’ve lodged an application.

Recruitment Consultant Annette Tighe of Recruitment Vision agrees. “Every week people call me and say they will take anything. I can't help them,” she says. She advises jobseekers to do their homework and not look at mining as a ‘quick fix’ career path to a highly paid job. “Be passionate and willing to work hard and be the best you can for yourself, the company and fellow co-workers.”

Make sure you meet the qualifications listed in a job advertisement before you apply. Be careful how many resumes you’re sending out as it may signal you’re not properly qualified to do any of the jobs. If the job you want isn’t currently available, be patient and wait for the right opportunity to present itself. Set up ‘jobs by email’ alerts at AMMA so when the job you want comes available, you’ll be automatically notified.

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