One recruiter shares her go-to checklist for the types of resumes that catch her eye.
In my eight years as a recruiter at an investment bank, I reviewed thousands of resumes. I’ve seen and learned a lot, from the importance of proofreading to the art of formatting. It’s enough to know that there isn’t one acceptable format or approach to creating an awesome resume.
There are, however, a few key strategies that can make your resume more effectively do what you intend it to: Catch someone’s eye, clearly communicate your qualifications, and help move you on to the next stage of the hiring process. Read more
How do you choose who to put down as a reference? It’s an important choice you’ll have to make when you’re putting together your job application. One wrong word from a less-than-enthusiastic reference can quickly knock you off an employer’s list of candidates. Read more
Job seekers, give yourself an edge with some modern touches.
“In today’s job market, your resume needs to immediately stand out,” says Dawn Bugni, a professional resume writer in Wilmington, N.C. Attention spans are at an all-time short, with hiring managers spending just six seconds looking at a resume before deciding whether the applicant is worth further consideration, a recent study by TheLadders found. (That’s if a human looks at it at all; before your application even reaches a hiring manager, it usually has to make it past an automated applicant tracking system.) Read more
When you’re working in a job where your achievements are quantified, including numbers on your resume is the best way to get your application noticed. For example, if you’re in sales listing how you exceeded your goals is a sure fire way to impress a prospective employer.
Showing what you achieved in a quantifiable way is important for other types of jobs, as well. Even if you aren’t in a role where you are evaluated on your quantifiable achievements, numbers on your resume can help you get the interview.
Incorporating numbers into your resume shows employers, at a glance, what you have accomplished at work. Read more
Before you send or upload a resume to apply for a job, it’s important to proofread it so it’s perfect. A typo or grammatical error can cost you a job interview. Read more
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A resume expert who offers real-world perspective as a hiring manager, recruiter, or job hunter (combined with professional training) also represents the best executive resume writer for your leadership career. Read more
In the right context, buzzwords could add substance to a LinkedIn profile or résumé.
Which of these words have you used to describe yourself on your LinkedIn profile or résumé? Responsible. Effective. Strategic. Analytical. Expert. Organizational. Specialized. Creative. Innovative. Experimental. Motivated. Driven. Patient.
A recent LinkedIn study identified these as 13 of the most overused buzzwords worldwide in members’ profiles for 2012 and 2013. “Responsible” was used twice as often as any other word on the list. Read more
Have you ever felt that writing a resume is like doing your taxes?
You’ll do anything to avoid it.
Change the drudgery mindset immediately and have some fun — simply tell the truth about who you are. List the rich facts about your original, talented self. Read more
Do you know what happens to most of the resumes you send to the recruiters? They end up in the pile in the dustbin. That’s why you are not getting the interview calls you expect. How can you stop that from happening — and how can you make your resume stand out as well as increase the chances of getting interview calls?
If you can make your resume interesting and help it to stand out in the crowd, you are more likely to accomplish your goals of getting more interview calls. Most of the resumes are boring because they follow similar format and styles. Is there any way to spice up a boring resume and make it look more attractive to the recruiters? How can you make your resume stand out in a pile of resumes? Read more
Have you listed your charity endeavors on your résumé? If not, you probably should. A recent LinkedIn survey found that one in five employers hired someone primarily because of her volunteer service outside the office. “If you’re unemployed, this work shows you’ve been productive,” says John Challenger, the CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a Chicago-based outplacement firm. “And if you’re already employed, it supplements the experiences you’ve gained at your job.” Here’s how to put your good work to good use. Read more