Getting recruited isn’t a mystery; you just need to quickly convey to the job recruiter that you have these five resume must haves.
Each recruiter will only spend about six seconds reading a potential applicant’s resume. Six seconds. While conveying your persuasive work history in this length of time could seem daunting, it doesn’t have to be.
Recruiters who read resumes aren’t doing anything surprising: if your resume seems like it could persuade a hiring manager, they’ll forward it on. If it doesn’t, they’ll reject it. It’s that simple. Here are resume five must haves to ensure your application makes it into the “yes” pile.
1. Include Key Data Points
A job recruiter spends most of her time, 80% in fact, looking at your basic information, like your current title and company, your work history, the length of time you worked at your previous job, and your education. If you don’t include this kind of relevant information, a recruiter isn’t likely to pass your resume on to a hiring manager.
2. Have a Clean, Easy-to-Read Resume
With such limited time to review applicants, a job recruiter isn’t going waste time deciphering your resume. To make it easy to read, follow a few simple rules. First, don’t use too many typefaces; limit your resume to two. Second, don’t decrease the space between your lines to make your resume shorter. And, finally, don’t overuse bold font.
3. Use Accomplishment Statements
Accomplishment statements are quantifiable variables that demonstrate to a job recruiter that you did your job well. Instead of simply listing job duties, you should include accomplishment statements that talk about how you performed your previous job. Try listing accomplishments involving time and money.
4. Show Your Motivation
All employers want their new hires to be inspired by the company, to really want it more than all other applicants. Demonstrate your interest by including your motivation and enthusiasm behind applying to the job in your resume’s summary statement. A summary statement demonstrates how your qualifications meet the employer’s needs, but also why you are excited about the company and the position.
5. ATS-Friendly Keywords
ATS will scan through resumes to make sure the keywords from the resume exactly match the keywords desired by the employer. Before you submit your resume to a job board or career site recruiters are likely to peruse, optimize your resume with Jobscan. Jobscan scans a job posting and your resume, and helps you to optimize your resume for ATS.
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About the Author: James Hu earned his bachelor’s of Information Systems and Finance from University of Washington. He is currently the Founder and CEO of Jobscan. James has also enjoyed work experiences at Boeing, Microsoft, Groupon, Kabam Games, and a start-up of his own. Through his work in the United States, China, and Spain/Gibraltar, James truly integrates a global mindset into his career. In his free time, he also enjoys water sports and backpacking. Follow James on Twitter.