If you are applying to position after position and not getting any responses, it may be time to step back and take a look at your resume.
On average, hiring managers, employers and recruiters look at a resume for just six seconds! This means, that if you’re in the market for a new job, you need to make sure your resume stands out, is to the point and is relevant to the position you’re applying to.
Alderson Loop is a recruiting and project staffing company, which means we are constantly looking at resumes all day, every day. Our Recruiters gave a few tips on what your resume should include to help make it stand out to the boss and land you an interview.
Check them out:
1. Make sure you are using tenses that match throughout your entire resume. You never want to start in present tense and then suddenly switch to past tense. You also want to avoid describing yourself in third person.
2. Always keep your typography and format consistent and make sure you have both the year and month when you start and finish a position.
3. If you’re worried your resume is too long or too short, just remember that you want to stay short and to the point. Your resume should be under 4 pages, even for a senior position.
4. Use action words at the beginning of sentences and describe how you used a certain technology, tool or skill in each job; don’t just have a list of general words.
5. Write the job details in bullet form. This will make your resume a lot easier to read and navigate.
6. Be clear and concise with everything you write. Minimize the number of bullet points for each job; there is no need to put every single detail, just include the main points. This will decrease the amount of details on your resume that are less relevant and impactful from an employer’s perspective.
7. List more of what you’ve accomplished and how you helped the business, versus your everyday responsibilities. Future employers typically like to see the impact you had on other companies, so they can have a better understanding of what you could bring to theirs.
8. If your resume is printed, make it stand out by having either a subtle hint of color or a slightly different template. How extravagant you make it always depends on the type of position you are applying for, so be sure to keep it professional.
9. Use matching key words found in the job description to catch the employers eye.
10. While soft skills (organized, good communication, etc.) are always nice, don't use them in the skills portion of resume. Leave that space to list the technical skills you have, such as Microsoft Office or Adobe Creative Suite.
11. Don’t include a picture of yourself. If employers really want to get a visual of you before an interview, they can simply search the internet.
12. Proofread, proofread, proofread! Always revise and spell check your resume multiple times before you submit it anywhere.
Now that you have all of these tips and tricks to spruce up your resume and make it stand out, take a look at your own and see if you can change or add anything to it. Again, you always want your resume to be relevant for the position you are applying. Go out and be great!
Send us your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line, "Make my resume great" and we can provide a review of your resume and input on what you may want to add or change.