When people are on the job hunt it’s pretty obvious their resume should be a strong representation of themselves and jump out at the recruiter. But so many questions still linger on how exactly to do that correctly. In this article Eric Sorkin HR Recruiter for car2go N.A. gives some advice to make a resume outstanding.
How should a resume be structured?
The first question many ask. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer on this, but that is a good thing!
When looking at resumes, recruiters do not look for one type of resume structure. Instead, they simply want to see a few key points and want these points to be easily read and understood.
First, whether a resume has an applicant’s education or jobs on top (either works), it should have consistent structure throughout. How a resume conveys job information should be the same throughout the resume.
Next, an applicant’s employment dates should be in the same area of the resume and easily read from one to the next. Be sure to not just put the years worked at a job, but the months as well!
It’s OKAY if an applicant’s dates don’t match up perfectly between jobs! At the end of the day, having a consistent structure and no spelling/grammatical error is the first step in having a recruiter look at it closer.
How long should it be?
This one is pretty simple. Unless an applicant has enough experience built up to fill two full pages, it’s best to keep it to one.
Making efficient use of resume space is very important because it shows a recruiter that an applicant is able to convey meaningful information quickly and easily.
How does an applicant make their responsibilities sound enticing?
An applicant should think hard about all the work they were/are responsible for at a job.
Once listed out, they should start each bullet point with a action verb such as “Created”, “Accomplished”, or “Developed” to accentuate that point.
While it is important to make sure all major responsibilities are accounted for, what can really make an applicant stand out are statistics and accomplishments.
Applicants should ask themselves, “How was my job measured?” For a salesman, he/she could say, “Sold $100,000 worth of product in 2016 compared to the company average of $75,000.” Or a financial analyst could say, “Identified and corrected excess payment to XY vendor year over year, resulting in a cost savings of $30,000.”
Think about how to break down jobs into detailed, measurable accomplishments and it will be rewarded in more callbacks.
Lastly, make sure the tenses for each job are correct. If it is past job, be sure to use the past tense. If current, use current! This is a small but important point that shows a recruiter attention to detail.
These broad pointers should go a long way into garnering more interest from companies when applying for jobs. If an applicant make some of these changes and it works, comment below!