How to get your electronic resume to stand out

Most employers in the Seattle area receive way too many résumés that they can comfortably handle. To give you perspective, in 2008 Eddie Bauer received around 55 applications for a receptionist job. The replacement opening a year later generated 900 applicants for the same opening. Companies advertising their openings on Craigslist might receive 100 - 400 applications in just one hour. 

What does mean to you? If you're applying online hoping to get the company's attention you're probably out of luck. Unless you have someone internally at the company championing your application, your file will probably go unnoticed and someone else —not necessarily more qualified than you — will get the offer.