Thursday, January 27, 2011

Resumes, through the eyes of a Recruiter

Being in HR, I get quite a few "will you take a look at my resume?" questions. I was a recruiter for 4 years with a previous employer. I have seen all kinds of resumes. My favorite was the resume in crayon with her "i's" dotted with hearts. I don't believe she got the Manager level position for which she was applying.

Here are a few thoughts from my experience as a recruiter:
  • Resumes should be concise and easy to read. The recruiter will most likely being pouring through tens, if not hundreds of resumes and you want yours to stand out from the rest. 
  • Bold your titles and not the company where you worked. Recruiters are looking through your resume to see what sort of positions and experience you have obtained throughout your career. It's not as important where you got your experience as the actual experience. 
  • Tailor your resume to the position you are applying. Recruiters look for key words when sorting through resumes. Ensure your resume meets the requirements of the position posted. 
  • Use O*Net to complete your resume with the general requirements of your professional career. O*Net is a wonderful resource to gather the knowledge, skills and abilities you should have within your profession.
These are just a few tips to help you with your resume. Search online for resume tips, there are quite a few websites out there. Many of those websites include free samples of resumes. Your resume is a sample of who you are - make it your best!

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