You just sent out your updated resume to a bunch of companies that you would be thrilled to work for. You wait and wait. Soon, you realize weeks have gone by and no one has called you back. Frustrated, you give up and go back to your daily grind at the job you hate.
Wait just a minute.
Before you let the feeling of failure eat away at you, there’s something you need to know.
Recruiters are ignoring you for a reason. And likely, that reason is your resume. Luckily, this is a problem that can be easily fixed.
You just need to learn how to create a resume that recruiters will love.
And how do you do this? Keep reading to find out!
Keep It Concise
The ideal length of your resume varies according to experience.
Typically, your resume should only be one page, especially if you are a new graduate or an early professional. Two-page (or lengthier) resumes are only acceptable if you have several years of experience.
Recruiters only spend 5 to 7 seconds looking at a resume.
Therefore, you want to make it easy for them to scan.
There’s no need to get fancy with the fonts on your resume. And, unless you are applying for a job as a graphic designer, you should keep the graphics to a minimum as well.
Focus on Accomplishments over Duties
Writing down more job duties than accomplishments is a huge red flag to recruiters.
It’s okay to list out some of your job responsibilities. However, recruiters are far more interested in learning about the accomplishments that you are proud of.
If possible, include metrics and goals so recruiters can easily measure your success against other candidates. Recruiters are attracted to eye-catching numbers.
Remember, you’re writing to impress a recruiter, not a high school English teacher.
When listing your skills, duties, and accomplishments, write in the first person tense, but avoid using personal pronouns and full sentences.
For example, recruiters will love:
“Conceptualized and created high-impact promotional materials.” (notice leaving out the pronoun “I”)
They will dislike:
“I developed promotional materials…” or “Develops promotional materials”
Also, make sure you are writing in the correct tense. Use present tense to talk about your current job and past tense to talk about your previous jobs.
Be Real About Your Skills
“Proficient in Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint.”
For some reason, everyone feels a need to list this on their resume. But, recruiters hate it. Unless you know all the ins and outs of these programs, don’t bother listing them.
The same goes for other experiences with technology, languages you speak, and courses you have taken. Recruiters don’t care about mere proficiency. They want people who have advanced levels of expertise in these areas.
Also, don’t embellish your skills to impress a recruiter. 62 percent of hiring managers have caught candidates doing this. Lying or embellishing about your skills is simply a waste of everyone’s time.
Recruiters love it when your resume is tailored to the specific job you are applying for.
Make sure your resume isn’t just an ongoing list of all of your previous jobs. Be picky about which roles, duties, accomplishments, and skills you include.
How to Create a Resume Recruiters Will Love: Wrap Up
Hopefully, this article gives you a clearer picture on how to create a resume recruiters will love.
If, however, you still find the resume writing process to be overwhelming, contact us. We can help develop the perfect resume!