Your resume is typically the first impression that a hiring manager has ofyou. Make sure it says the right things about you! Employers often receive hundreds of resumes for a single position. To make sure your resume isn’t overlooked or worse yet, discarded, be sure you have paid attention to the details.
Your resume is typically the first impression that a hiring manager has of you. Make sure it says the right things about you! Employers often receive hundreds of resumes for a single position. To make sure your resume isn’t overlooked or worse yet, discarded, be sure you have paid attention to the details.
Make Sure it's Error Free
The fastest way to be eliminated from the list of eligible candidates is to submit a resume that has typos, misspelled words, and grammatical errors. Hiring managers will likely think you are not someone who is going to be conscientious and focused on doing the right things. It is always a good idea to have at least two other people review your resume before you send it off to a prospective employer.
Hiring managers are looking for concrete examples of your knowledge, skills and abilities. For your work experience, do not include a list of “tasks” such as answered the phone or scheduled meetings, rather list results and accomplishments, and quantify the results if possible. Including something like, “worked in department store for three years” on your resume says very little about your skills and experience. “Managed scheduling, training and supervision of 12 employees in an upscale suburban department store with average daily sales of $20,000”, on the other hand, provides some evidence of your ability to manage others in a customer-focused environment. Better yet, would be to add “achieved 97% customer satisfaction and increased cross selling BY 28%”. Use strong action verbs to demonstrate what you contributed to your previous employers.
It only takes a few minutes to customize your resume and it can make the difference between being moved to the top of the pile or being rejected. Make sure your Profile or Summary of Qualifications at the top of your resume focuses on the key skills and experience that are most relevant to the position for which you are applying. In this section you want to use words and/or short, concise phrases to add power to your résumé and convey what you have to offer an employer. This section sets you apart from other applicants and shows the hiring manager why you're special. Your resume is not about what YOU want; it’s about what you can OFFER.
The Length of Your Resume Should Fit Your Years of Experience
Hiring managers are often put off by 3-page resumes from people with only 2-3 years of experience. The length of your resume should be dictated by how much experience you have, and should give an accurate picture of the knowledge, skills and abilities you have developed throughout your career. If you have recently graduated from college, include information on any part-time jobs, volunteer projects, or campus activities that helped you develop some of the skills needed in the position you’re seeking. Be specific, but don’t overstate. Savvy hiring managers will see through resumes that are “padded” with information that doesn’t say much of anything. Remember, everything you write on your resume is fair game for questions/ discussion during the interview.