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Resume Dos and Don’ts: Making Recruiters Take Notice
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When it comes to working with recruiters, first impressions are important. In fact, you have about 6 seconds to grab the attention of the person looking at your resume. has created an infographic entitled “Resume Dos and Don’ts: Making Recruiters Take Notice”, offering some tips to make your resume shine.

This infographic has some fantastic advice on how to freshen up your resume. From what to include, to what to leave off, (adios Microsoft Word templates), along with a fantastic list of eye-catching buzzwords, you’ll find some insider resume secrets sure to land your resume in front of recruiters. Take a minute to look at your resume from a recruiter’s eye, and see what you can do to re-boot, re-fresh, and re-work your resume.

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Make Recruiters Take Notice

Think Like a Recruiter

Recruiters spend an average of 6 seconds scanning a resume before deciding if a candidate is worth calling for an interview

One study found recruiters spend almost 80% of their resume review time on the following:

  1. Name
  2. Current title / company
  3. Previous title / company
  4. Recent position start and end dates
  5. Previous position start and end dates
  6. Education

Many resumes are scanned and then searched through Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)

This software scans resumes for optimal keywords and makes an initial accept or reject decision

Recruiters may ask these questions when reviewing your resume:

Most recent role

Overall experience

Keywords search

Personal web presence


Overall organization

General logistics

Make Every Second Count: Resumes Do

Recruiters tend to follow a consistent visual path when reviewing resumes, so an organized layout is very important:

Put format first

Get organized

Identify your achievements

Show leadership

Cut down

Incorporate statistics

Use the right words

Red Flags: Resume Don'ts

First impressions count. Increase your odds of landing the perfect job with these resume dos and don'ts.

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