So… I’ve been getting a lot of emails, Facebook messages, texts… well everything really ^^ asking for tips on resumes, cover letters and finding a job since I became a recruiting coordinator.
Figured I’d make it a little easier for everyone and share the wisdom I’ve learned over the last month and a half (hey, it may not be a long time but I think I’ve been doing OK ^^)
How to Make a Recruiter Like Your Resume
- Keep it short — there’s a reason you keep reading everywhere that your resume should be no longer than a page. I read dozens of them every day, and yes, I do spend an average of a few seconds on each and every single one of them. I don’t want to look through 3 pages of experience that is always the same duties or doesn’t even relate to the position.
- Nice and organized — you don’t want your resume to look like a nightmare. How do you make your resume easy for a recruiter to read?
- Bold your positions — make it easy for me to see what you’ve done.
- Use keywords — I look for the exact same words I use in job descriptions, so use them! It’s a surefire way to grab my attention.
- Use bullet points — please don’t write a paragraph about each job you’ve had. A list of important duties (punctuated with key words and compelling adjectives / adverbs) will more than suffice.
- Use headings — does the ad specify you need to have a Bachelor’s degree? Make sure you list education, nice and obvious!
- List your skills — it doesn’t hurt to have a section pointing our notable skills (make sure you include as many of the skills listed in the ad as possible!)
- Use font bigger than 10. I may be 23… but I don’t want to squint at resumes. That stuff gives you crows’ feet!
- Personalize your objective — I know you didn’t just send me a generic copy of your resume when I see the position title and the name of my company at the top of your resume. Hey, it won’t change whether you have the experience necessary to land this position, but it will grab my attention and win you brownie points.
- Make me laugh — Yes, it makes my day! Oh, and it makes your resume stand out ;D
So how does all this look? Thought you might ask O=] About.com has some pretty decent resume samples.
That’s all for now folks! Leave me a comment and let me know whether this was helpful (oh, and ask more questions! I’m thinking about writing a post about cover letters soon — been getting a lot of questions about those too.)
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