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WHAT DO I LOOK FOR
IN A RESUME?
I've been recruiting quite a few
years, and I see a LOT of resumes. If you want to know what I look for in a resume, read on!
I scan resumes quickly, since time is
money, and I
can see 200 or more in a
day. If I see anything that is confusing, misleading, or
incomplete, the resume gets canned. Have someone else read
your resume and see how quickly they can sum up the
information. Here are the most common resume killers:
Degree: If you have a
completed 4 year degree, don't hide it. Put it at the top of
your resume, and include your graduation date, your gpa (if
it's 3.0 or above), and your major. I absolutely HATE it
when folks list a school, a date, and a course of study, but
don't indicate whether they actually finished their
degree! Be sure you list Bachelor's, Associate or Master's degree in black and
white on the resume.
Work record: List
your dates of employment. If you don't, it looks like you
are hiding something, and I don't have time for that. There
is no way to judge
your work history - for all I know, each job could have been
held for 6 weeks!
Job titles: List
your job titles, please! Don't make me guess, because I probably
won't bother. Don't try and guess what an employer wants to see. Just
list your job title.
Please list your responsibilities and accomplishments for
each job. Tell what you do, how many you
manage, what your budget responsibilities were, etc. If you don't put it on
paper, it never happened.
descriptions: Include a brief description of what
each employer on your resume does. Yes, I could Google them
all, but I don't have time for that. Something short, like
"A $60 million producer of food ingredients", or "Tier 1
provider of metal stampings" will do the trick. Is the
company privately owned, or a subsidiary of a larger
corporation? That is helpful as well. Client companies are
often looking for specific
industry experience, and if I can't see it from your resume quickly, you
may get passed over.
- ALL CAPS:
Everybody hates reading a resume in all caps. Everything
looks the same, and it is very hard to figure out what is
what. Will I bother to retype it so it looks presentable?
Layout: If your
resume is overcrowded, confusing, or poorly laid out,
it will probably not catch my attention. Organize your
resume so that it is easy to read and understand. If you
have been with a company for some time, list the company
along with the dates you have been there. Then break that
down by listing each position held, the dates for each position, and the
job description for each.
That's about it! You have a
minute or less to impress me or catch my attention. That 3
page cover letter you send? I probably won't read it, at
least, not until later. However, if you have a good resume
that is laid out properly with good information, that
will definitely get my attention. It's like being a model
going to a club dressed in ratty, ill-fitting clothes with bad
hair - you won't get in the door. Dress an
average-looking person in designer
fashion, and in you go! Dressing for success starts with your
resume. Pull it out and take a hard look at it - would you
hire someone who sent a resume that looks like yours? If not, fix it! Just
be sure that EVERYTHING on your resume is factual.