Stand Out with an Effective Resume
Resume suggestions from a recruiters’ perspective
- Nothing Like First Impressions – Hiring managers usually take just over half a minute to determine whether your skills suit the positions they have. Clearly communicate your recent technical skills, the size and scope of work environments and any accomplishments or management responsibilities. Use descriptive language such as “implemented,” “created,” “led” or “mentored” to let managers know that you have the ability to take initiative. Remember, hiring managers wants leaders at every position regardless of the level.
- Stand Out – Repetition of terms in a resume is usually to be avoided but this practice is expected in IT resumes. Repetition of key terms shows the hiring manager that you have the necessary experience with a particular language, hardware or tool. This allows hiring managers to quickly identify relevant skills and experience and ensures that your resume is easily queried from resume job boards.
- What Glitters is Not Always Gold – As with most resumes particularly IT resumes, it is very important that you convey as much detail as possible in a concise fashion. Unless you are a creative, do not clutter your resume with charts and graphics. Let your technical experience speak for itself. Hiring managers are very busy and, initially, are scanning for a well-organized resume with key terms.
- Research – Gain as much detail as possible about the responsibilities of the role. Research the company or speak with industry experts to gain as much information as you can about the position. You can leverage this information to highlight the required skills, experience and objective summary in your resume. Ideally, hiring managers would like resumes to be a perfect match to the job description; therefore, you want to emphasize your experience to reflect this fact.
- Resume Format – There are many formats that you can use for your resume. If you searched resume formats online you will find many options. As a recruiter, I like the traditional look of the one-column layout. With this layout, your objective or skills summary, job history, and education are listed one after the other down the page, in blocks. All lines are left-justified. A traditional one-column layout also has a header on top, which can include your name and contact information. This style is very clean and makes it easier for hiring managers to review and text scanners to store into searchable databases.
- Proofread – Have someone with sound writing skills review your resume for grammatical and typographical errors. No matter how good of an editor you are, having someone proofread your resume can reveal errors that you may have missed. You should also want to avoid unexplained time gaps in the resume. Unexplained gaps will allow the reader to assume the worse. Failure to check for these errors is the fastest way to elimination.