On the twentieth entry of Tristan’s Tips, our special guest Tristan Layfield discusses something he thinks we’ve all been guilty of at one point – resume spamming. He shares a couple steps to help increase your chances of having your resume seen.
Tristan: What’s going on, y’all? It’s Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’ve teamed up with Living Corporate to bring you all a weekly career tip. This week, let’s discuss something I think we’ve all been guilty of at one point – resume spamming. Have you ever been searching for jobs and come across, like, eight positions open at a company you know you want to work for, so you apply to them all? I get the logic. The more you apply to a company, the better chance you have of landing a role with them. Unfortunately, that’s what recruiters and hiring managers call resume spamming, and it could result in you not being considered for an interview. Recruiters are usually able to see all of the jobs you’ve applied to in their system. When you apply to a ton of jobs that aren’t even remotely related to each other, you can come off as desperate and like you don’t know what you want to do. If you’re dying to work at a particular company, there are a couple steps you can take to increase your chances. Start by limiting the number of applications you submit to somewhere around two or three. You want to ensure that the jobs have a common thread so the recruiter or hiring manager isn’t thrown off by wildly different job choices. Tailor your resume to each of those roles. While the roles you identified are similar, they still have differences, so make sure the resume you submit for each of them reflects that. We live in a day and age where tailoring is the name of the game. Whether it be your job search or your resume, be intentional so you’re not setting yourself up for failure. This tip was brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @LayfieldResume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.