As the job market continues to evolve, a dynamic resume still remains the backbone of a job search. And for recruiters, it offers an overview of your skills, qualifications, and education that will ultimately determine whether or not you will be invited in for an interview. Today’s resumes are carefully crafted and formatted, serving as the gateway to the next step in your career.
A job study conducted by The Ladders reveals the average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume is around 6 seconds. Luckily, our recruiters have put together a list of 7 things you can do to help your resume stand out:
- Tell A Story: The common job trend of stating your responsibilities objectively has slowly faded away. In today’s job market, recruiters and employers are looking for your resume to tell a story about your experiences. Rather than list bullet points, illustrate a step-by-step statement that demonstrates how you met objectives and exceeded your goals. Use a balance of quantitative and qualitative data to bring your experience to use.
- Market Yourself Online: Make sure to put keywords from the job you want within your resume as much as possible in order for recruiters to find you in search engines. Doing this will drastically increase the amount of search results you will show up in. To be more specific, if you are an Electrical Engineer, include keywords and accomplishments such as “Programming” or “Design.”
- Show off Your Talent for Details: Make a statement that you are an IT Professional. Without explanation about what you have done, there is no frame of reference to consider you for a position, so make sure you are as detailed as possible. Being detail oriented is a skill set that needs to shine through!
- Convey Consistency and Quantify Your Accomplishments: Proofread your resume once completed to ensure punctuality, flow, readability, and tone are consistent. Simplicity goes a long way so try to steer clear of overwhelming the recruiter with too much text. While aiming to depict simplicity, quantify your prior accomplishments any chance you can. For example, instead of listing that you monitored or managed monthly budgets, specifically state how large the budget was.
- Categorize Your Resume Correctly: As you categorize your resume, keep in mind that your skill section should only list skills that you can be tested on today. Chances are that you will be asked about these during your interview, so if you are not able to perform these, then it might be best to leave them off.
- Be Careful When Formatting: Many times, if you use a special type of formatting, the website or job portal such as CareerBuilder or Indeed might not upload it properly. In order to avoid this, only use formatting tools for their intended purposes. Allow Microsoft Word to do this for you! Use borders for borders, underlines for underlining, and bullets for bullets. If you are asked to submit a resume via email, we also recommend to send this as a PDF file to avoid formatting errors from occurring when the recruiter reviews it.
- Don’t Limit Yourself to One Resume: Draft several resumes that focus on different aspects of your experience. If you are a Technical Manager who can program, create a resume that focuses on project management, one that focuses on programming, and one that does both. We promise the extra work will be worth it in the long run!
Crafting the perfect resume takes time and careful critiquing, but by following our suggestions, could help your resume stand out. TRC Professional Solutions has created a template that can be used for almost any tech related position, so be sure to click below to download: