How To Get Your Resume Noticed
An experienced recruiter and hiring manager only needs 30 seconds or less to scan / review your resume; does your resume pass the test?
So how does this happen? Professional recruiters and hiring managers know what they are looking for; they may receive an overabundance of resumes therefore its critical your resume is eye catching and makes the cut. Typically, there’s a YES and NO pile…let’s make sure your resume gets in the YES pile. Follow these tips to ensure your resume is working for you.
Choose the right resume format –There are several formats; chronological, functional, a combination or targeted. Generally recruiters and hiring managers like a traditional Chronological resume format. A common mistake people make is creating a flashy resume; unless you’re in the creative / marketing industry stick to a traditional format that is clear and concise. Resumes should be 2 pages or less. If you have more; it’s time to review and prioritize your bulleted statements. Use only the most important and job specific.
Prioritize your content – Your resume should be clean type, organized error-free writing, and grammatically-correct. If it’s difficult to read; it will eliminate you from the position and process. To ensure your skills and key achievements are noticed, your name and contact information (including email) should be at the top. Use bullets, bolding, underlining, or all-caps text to call attention to your heading and important points. It’s all about making it easy to find the right information so you move forward to the next phase in the recruitment process. Bolding should be specific; don’t over bold.
Add a Career Summary – You might have used an objective in the past which is similar but does not provide a commercial about you. It’s important to tailor for the position you are applying for. A Career Summary is designed to give a brief overview of who you are, what you do and your key accomplishments.
Include key words – your resume should include key words that appear in the position description you are applying for. By doing this; you will increase your chances in making it through the process. In addition, if you are submitting your resume via online application; the company’s resume database will automatically choose your resume via the key words. Through technology many companies have an HRIS – Human Resource Information System; this system tracks all resumes and provides the recruiter matching resumes for the open positions.
A resume is a marketing document designed to sell your skills and strengths; it’s the first step that gets you in the door for an interview. If you believe your resume isn’t working for you; it’s time to review and make some changes.