Aside from blogging, I work in Human Resources at a manufacture encompassing more than 300 employees.A part of my job requires filtering thru resumes that get submitted electronically or dropped at the front door. I love reading resumes and analyze how a candidate’s individual professional and education interconnect and have built their current experience and who they are today. I want to know what they aspire and how our company can be a stepping stone for them. While I filter thru resume a few times a day, not all makes it passed to the hiring manager for consideration. I’ll give you real tips, from someone who actually reads and selects resume prior to submitting them to the proper hiring manager. Keep in mind that there are many factors that direct a resume to land the “to call pile”. This is because the hiring manager may also look into other factors such as a local candidate versus someone from out of state. I believe these are the top 3 fundamental guidelines all candidates should always check off before submitting their resume.
TIP 1: MAKE IT EASY TO READ FIRST, PRETTY LAST.
If the resume is organized and easy to read to the eyes, you have made a first good impression for deeper reading. If you have inconsistent font sizes, style, and three different colors dancing simultaneously, it just makes reading harder. Make your first draft simple in black and white, standard Times New Roman or Georgia. Once you have the aesthetics down (plus relevant experience), then personalize it such as an all page border.
TIP 2: BE INTENTIONAL AKA SPECIFIC
The manager wants to know what skills you have right away, and whether they are transferable to the job you applied for. The more specific keywords you can put on your resume, that also closely match the responsibilities of that posting, the more relevant and specific your resume will be. For example, if the job requires the ability to coach a small team, then briefly explain a time when you coached a small team on your resume. You won’t be able to put down everything, so be selective and still specific.
TIP 3: JOB COMMITMENT, NOT JOB HOPPING.
Some job hopping may be understanding such as a lay off, company bankruptcy, or moved to a different state, because these situations are out of our control. If you just graduated from college, or returning to the work industry after a long delay, it’s expected to have entry-level skills or outdated/missing skills. If a resume shows 8 jobs within 10 years, it shows little commitment versus someone who only had 2 jobs in that same time interval. No matter how long you been in the workforce, show your commitment to a company so the next company you apply for can trust you too.
Let me know which of the three tips you’ll utilize on your next resume!