9 Things Your Resume Must Have to Secure a Live Interview

live interviewEveryone has advice on what you schould include on resume. Some of that advice is good, and some is outdated. Trying to follow all of that advice and cram everything into a one-page resume can overwhelm you. So, what are the absolute essentials? What absolutely has to be on your resume before you’ll even be considered for a live interview.

We asked the members of the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to tell us what they look for.

Question: What is one thing a resume must have for you to bring someone in for an interview?

Enjoy their helpful answers!


Phone Number

You’d be surprised how many resumes I get (at least one out of five) that do not include a phone number. They force you to email them. I’m the guy who likes to listen and talk to you over the phone. Usually, it takes at least five minutes before inviting you into the office for a live interview. So put your phone number on your resume!

John Rampton, Calendar


Impressive Accomplishments

The only time a resume excites me is when it has specific examples of the candidate’s accomplishments. Forget the flowery language and the “skills” developed. A resume that shows real success? Well, that lets you know your candidate cares about how they have made an impact to improve their business. Accountability and a mentality of driving change are critical to success at a startup.

 – Aaron Schwartz, Modify Watches


Hobbies and Community Involvement

Are they giving back to the community and what are they passionate about?  There are a lot of smart people out there. Assuming they meet the professional requirements, I want to get to know them. It’s amazing to listen to someone speak about what they really care about. Often times, it’s not their job history. Hobbies and community involvement speak volumes about a candidate’s character.

Drew Gurley, Redbird Advisors


Perfect Spelling and Grammar

For candidates to receive an interview, their resumes must have no spelling or grammar errors. This criteria surprisingly filters out many candidates. Our customers are enterprise businesses who rely on our software every day. So, of course, we require precision and accuracy from our teammates.

Nanxi Liu, Enplug



Bouncing around from job to job is a serious red flag. A strong resume presents a clear and consistent narrative of the applicant’s experience. Short spurts at a variety of companies suggest a lack of commitment. It also may raise doubts about the applicant’s potential longevity in our organization.

Lindsay Tanne, LogicPrep


Core Values

It’s a little unconventional, but if a resume lists a candidate’s top core values, it’s an instant indicator that they are on the same page when it comes to running a values-based business. It shows an awareness and appreciation for the values that play in all relationships. It also shows their values align with my business and their potential role at a deeper level.

Lea Woodward, Inspiring Ventures


A Relevant Objective

An objective is an effective way of learning why candidates submitted their application in the first place and whether the job opportunity aligns with their goals. Generic or ill-suited objectives need not apply. After all, candidates must see working here as a path to reaching their own goals. Otherwise, I shouldn’t expect them to put their best foot forward once it’s in the door.

Manpreet Singh, TalkLocal


How They Can Benefit My Company

The resumes that catch my eye are those that talk about how the candidate can benefit my company rather than highlighting their own previous work experience. In my criteria, the more qualified, the less chance we’ll hire you. We like hiring raw and inexperienced folks that are hungry. Just as important, we hire those who will allow us to mold them to our business model.

Engelo Rumora, List’n Sell Realty


Side Projects

I’m a big fan of seeing a person’s side projects. It’s especially relevant for designers, developers and marketing people. For me, this is the best way to see how creative the person is. And that how you earn a live interview.

Ben Lang, Spoke




Want to earn an invitation to a live interview? Make sure to include these things on your resume.


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YECYoung Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched BusinessCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.



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