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I’ve had quite a few friends who’ve recently gone back into the workforce, either as a result of being laid off, a transition from one industry to another or having recently graduated from an educational or training program and joining a new labor force. One question I’m asked time and time again by those friends and family members as they go out to search for a new job is: What is the single most important factor for an employer to give me a shot at an interview?
Given today’s demanding job market, employer’s like myself have a difficult time wading through a plethora of resumes that will flood in as a result of any job search and posting. I scan these resumes quickly for three key factors to make sure a person has the basic, bare minimum requirements to be a good employee. If they meet these criteria, then they’ll get a call back depending upon how well they stand out among the submissions.
My Top 3 Criteria for Moving a Candidate to the Phone and Interview StageCan they do the job? Do they have a post-secondary education or vocational education specific to the job? In other words, can they do the job? Attendance to top colleges in corpus christi and the more related the training, the better the odds are that I’ll call the person. I particularly value certifications and national credentials that show the individual went above and beyond the basic call of duty to learn the material.
Do they have any experience doing the job? Do they have experience in the field, either in an internship or externship, or in another role in which they got a taste of the responsibilities they’ll assume in this role?
Does the resume convey quality? Is the resume formatted and spelled out in a way that conveys that the candidate knows how to use a computer to format documents? Even more so, is it clear that the candidate has put in a substantial amount of time to show off the quality of their skills by designing a visually pleasing, clear and concise resume that demonstrates their abilities and experience?The third of these criteria, namely the quality of the resume, is extremely important to me because it represents if a person has the base technical knowledge to use computers and various applications to present and market themselves to me, the potential employer.
I’ve worked in a variety of industries and no matter the field or sector or job role, I use the resume as a signal to deem whether or not a person is technically savvy enough to produce a quality representation of themselves. This single document gives me a small but relevant sample of a person’s ability to communicate and get across a specific message.. Given today’s technological advances, producing a high quality resume is no longer a deep technical feat, but it does require some research, effort and self-training on the part of the candidate.
Depending upon a variety factors like: where a person is in their career, what job they’re applying for, how long they’ve been in the field, their educational background and a variety of other factor’s, it can be difficult to convey the right message if you’ve not studied how to write resumes properly to grab an employer’s attention and get them to call you for an interview. Working in the education sector, and particularly vocational education, I recommend that every person who goes to a school for career training be absolutely sure that the institution will prepare them with strong resume writing skills and help guide them through the process of producing a high quality resume that will help them showcase their skills, credentials and experience in their new vocation for Corpus Christi.
"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”
Enrique H. Welding
"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”
Juan L. Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator
“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”
Denise S. Medical Assistant
“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”
“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”
Annette D. Business Accounting
“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”
Bonnie M Medical Assistant
“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”
Sidney B Medical Assistant
“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”
“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”
“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”
* Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.