- Resume Optimization
Hiring Managers and Recruiters are going to be looking for some specific information. Some of your resume best practices are pretty basic, however, if they don’t find these things, your resume is going to end up in the round-file (wastebasket). If they do find these things, you’ve bought about another 30 seconds of grace.
- Your name
- The place you are currently employed and your job title
- Your previous employer and your job title
- Your start and end dates for your current and previous job
- Your education
How to do a Resume
Don’t waste that time by meandering. Keep it succinct, to the point and don’t make them flip pages. Yes, you can have a two-page resume if the amount of experience you have really warrants it, but put the things they’re looking for on the first page to maximize the chance that they’ll keep reading.
Put your skills and qualifications near the top where they can find them fast. Spend a few minutes and customize your resume for the job you’re applying for. If your skills include being a commercial baker and a computer programmer and you’re applying at Microsoft, which one are you NOT going to mention? Be sensible.
Remember to include words directly from the job description. If it says Production Supervisor, experienced in Quality Assurance, Six Sigma, and ISO 9004, all those things should appear in YOUR resume (if they’re true). These keywords will get attention and get you an interview.
Do not say “was in charge of a team of six. Responsible for… Blah blah blah.” No one wants to hear that. Believe me, they know the day-to-day operations for the job they are hiring for, and they don’t need you to recite them.
Put your skills in bullet points. It’s faster for them to locate information they want. Use verbs like Established, Provided, Introduced, Invented, Completed, Saved, and Generated in your descriptions. The Passive Voice has no place here.
Instead try, “Our organization-leading team increased revenues by 8%” or “created a 17% year-over-year savings” or “decreased training costs via retaining 35% more fulltime employees than comparable businesses in our sector”. They want numbers! They want accomplishments! They need facts, and a good reason to put your file in the Maybe pile.
So What Does This Mean?
These people are genuinely searching for someone to hire. They are not looking for reasons to throw your resume away; they’re looking for a reason to keep it. They have that job to fill and they would like to do that as quickly as possible. If you have the qualifications to do the job (why else would you be applying?), then make it as easy as possible for them to find that information.
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