When “updating your resume” Doesn’t Update


Presumably, you have applied for jobs via the web pages of your target companies…ones you would love to work for… You are probably pretty familiar with the format since so many of them use Taleo.  You have probably gone back a number of times and reloaded an updated resume which more closely matches a new job or is a significant improvement over the previous resume.

Have you ever gone back to the section which shows the copy of your resume that the system uses?  This is the version of your resume that is used by the system to determine which jobs match your profile. You have probably never  made sure this copy matches your new improved resume…the one you just loaded into the system and indicated was a “Relevant File” on the “My Attachments” screen (if you are using Taleo). 

The system is still using a copy of your terrible resume from 6 months ago. This resume was entered into the system when you first applied for a job. You entered the information into “Work Experience.” Now you need to go back and replace it (cut and paste) with the new, improved copy. You can do this  on the “Summary” page. You have probably skipped over this page because you assumed everything was OK.   Just downloading a new copy of your resume on the “My Attachments” screen does not guarantee the system is looking at it.  You have to go to the “Summary” screen to double-check it and replace it with your new resume.

Even worse, which resume is the hiring manager seeing? The one the system thinks is your resume or that other “relevant file?” I learned from informational interviews with people at Sabre that both files are sent. Which one gets looked at before the hiring manager decides to call you in for an interview or throw your file in the trash?

There is only one way to make sure. Go back now and update all screens with your current and best  information.

James Snider
Global Business Development and Social Media Marketing
jsnider1394@gmail.com
817-905-1394
Anyone can give you social media.  I make sure it’s marketing.

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About jamessnider

James Snider is the Vice President of Business Development for Engstrom Trading, LLC. Engstrom imports products from Scandinavian countries and builds a market for them in the USA and Canada. http://TFXNonStickUSA.com View all posts by jamessnider

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