What happens after you submit your resume?Resumes can come in via an online system that accepts job applications or via email or even snail mail. And occasionally, hand-delivered from someone with an in. If there is an online system, even if you got it to the company by other means, people will usually be asked to submit it using the system.If resumes are part of an automated system, someone will have to come up with some keywords (usually based on the job description) to ask the computer to spit out a batch for a real person to screen, and make some choices for initial interviews.Therefore, even with an automated environment, there are at least two points where a live person will make some choices that affect you:
(1) Does your resume have enough matching keywords to make the first cut?
(2) Does your resume look presentable and relevant enough to the job to get selected?In both cases, the job description is often your best guide for how to build your resume to increase your chances of being picked.One more important thing: This doesn’t always happen in the first week. It can take weeks before all the resumes are in and everyone is ready to begin the interview process. So in most cases, patience becomes your best ally.