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Resume Dos and Don’ts: Making Recruiters Take Notice
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. Akkencloud.com 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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Resume Dos and Don'ts
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
- 76% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address
- 88% of resumes are discarded when they include a photo
- 78% of resumes are misleading
One study found recruiters spend almost 80% of their resume review time on the following:
- Current title / company
- Previous title / company
- Recent position start and end dates
- Previous position start and end dates
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
- Was this person fired or laid off?
- Has this candidate been in their role for only a few months?
- Is the most recent role relevant to the position?
- Is there a career progression?
- Do the titles make sense?
- Does the candidate demonstrate increasing levels of responsibility?
- Do the responsibilities listed match the responsibilities for the new position?
- Does the candidate have the experience for the role?
- Do terms in the resume match those of the job description?
Personal web presence
- Does this person include social media accounts?
- Is the candidate active on those accounts?
- Is there a gap between positions?
- If so, why?
- Is the resume littered with grammar and spelling errors?
- Does the candidate have clear communication skills?
- Where is the candidate located?
- Are special circumstances, like working from home, required?
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
- Use a strong and clean visual layout
- Avoid dense blocks of text
- Use plenty of white space
- Triple check spelling and grammar
- List your experience in chronological order, starting with your current job
- List your skill sets underneath the positions you used them in
Identify your achievements
- Save bullet points to call attention to your most noteworthy and relevant accomplishments
- Recall relevant skills and contributions using CAR:
- Challenge: Think of a challenge you faced or a problem you had to resolve
- Action: List the actions you had to take
- Results: Include the result of the actions as well as the value to your employer
- List any leadership experience
- Recruiters look for candidates who take initiative and propose new ideas
- Ask a friend to help you pare down excess text
- Add in applicable states and figures to make achievements more compelling
- For example:
- Acquired 30 new clients
- Cut costs by 20 percent
- Generated $10M in sales
Use the right words
- A survey of more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals narrowed down the best and worst resume terms:
- Best words to use:
- Worst words/phrases to use:
- Bottom line
- Go-to person
- Team player
- Think outside the box
- Thought leadership
- Best words to use:
Red Flags: Resume Don'ts
- Use Microsoft Word's resume templates
- Include tables
- List an objective
- Include personal details
- Use overcomplicated formatting
- Write in the first person or change tense throughout
- Forget to include start dates and end dates
- Make spelling or grammatical errors
- List an inappropriate or unprofessional email address
- Use overly fancy formatting that gets in the way
- Exaggerate titles and/or responsibilities
- Exceed one or two pages
First impressions count. Increase your odds of landing the perfect job with these resume dos and don'ts.
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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.
- 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.