ApplicationEver wonder what happens to your resume once you drop it in the mail, or hit the “submit” button?

On your end, you’re often left waiting for days or even weeks before you hear anything back. But in the meantime, a hiring manager is hard to work.

Here’s a look to help you understand:

The Review

As one of Phoenix’s top employment agencies, PrideStaff can tell you that resumes are typically reviewed in one of two ways.

If you applied for a job at a large company, they likely have software in place that first filters resumes before an actual person sees them. In many other companies, though, the hiring manager will receive dozens and sometimes even hundreds of resumes and start the process of weeding through them one-by-one.

Most hiring managers typically only spend a few seconds – six to 10 – on each resume. That may not sound like a lot of time, but a highly experienced manager can pretty quickly discern whether a candidate will be a good fit for them in this time.

So what are they looking at?

Your name, job title and current employer, past titles and employers, start and end dates for all your jobs, and education. That means even if you have extensive experience, if your resume isn’t formatted in a clear and concise manner – with this information bolded or called out in some way – it could wind up in the trash.

The Phone Screen

If the hiring manager sees potential in your resume, the next step of the process is the phone screen. Even though it’s simply a phone call, you should act as if this is a formal interview. So be sure to do your homework ahead of time to find out as much as you can about the job and the company. Also have a list of questions ready to go so you can get the information you need to discern whether the opportunity is right for you.

The Interview

If the hiring manager likes what they hear during your phone screen, then you will be invited in for an in-person interview. To put your best foot forward in an interview, be sure to show up on time, dress professionally, and bring several copies of your resume. Also be prepared to highlight a few accomplishments that are most relevant to the position.

If you don’t hear back for a few weeks at any point in the process, don’t panic. Many employers are slow to hire and may also be hiring for other positions, as well, which can slow down the process even further. If you haven’t heard back after two or three weeks, feel free to follow up with the hiring manager via phone call or email.

If you’d like more job search help from the experts, let PrideStaff know. As one of Phoenix’s top employment agencies, we work with leading employers in the area and can give you access to exciting and rewarding jobs that aren’t always advertised.

Contact PrideStaff today to learn more about how we can help you.

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