What Recruiters look for on your Resume

It’s 2017. Job hunting, recruiting and hiring processes are constantly evolving. So why do you keep sending out that crummy resume? Get with the times!

Cover Letters are a thing of the past … the new cover letter is a LinkedIn url. Your LinkedIn profile should have your updated job history (company, title and short description), education and certifications, and a quality professional photo. This is your first impression…whether you like it or not. I personally don’t recommend copying and pasting your exact resume on your profile. It’s too much, too wordy and distracting. If you think companies and recruiters don’t find your LinkedIn profile a factor in qualifying then you are wrong. A good/positive social media presence is extremely appealing to employers and recruiters.

Now it’s time to work on your resume…here you are trying to stand out and yet you picked the first word template you could find after searching “resume”. This is the easiest way to NOT stand out and prove that you are not a creative “think outside the box” type of hire. How many times have you seen that on a job description? Get my point? Take a look at this article from The Muse for the The 41 Best Resume Templates Ever. Pick a template that is aesthetically pleasing and allows you to showcase your skills and experiences properly.

Let’s get to content…time and time again I come across a resume where a candidate worked at the same place for 5-7 years. Great tenure! Then you get to their skills/experience and they have 4 bullet points that are a sentence each. So you are telling me you worked there for 5-7 years and you did 4 sentences of work? Sounds like you weren’t engaged and undervalued yourself. This is your time to shine. Don’t sell yourself short. Also, don’t write a novel. Summarize your daily tasks, list major projects you contributed to and list your accomplishments. This is where the details matter. With your accomplishments you get to brag (within reason, nobody likes arrogant teammates). Be specific, “Working alongside a team of 6, we created a … xyz.” or “I developed a plan that saved the company $x”. Team size, team work and individual work are really important. Again, be specific.

Last, but not least, tailor your resume for each position you apply for. Yes, it’s time consuming but it’s worth it. Your resume may only get a 5 second glance, customize your skills/experience to be similar to the job description lingo the company is using. Recruiters love buzzwords… so be truthful in your experience and add them in to your content.

What are some resume tips you recommend that will allow you to stand out when looking for a new opportunity?

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