You want to believe that a hiring manager will take as much time to read your resume as it took for you to write it, but you know that’s not the case. In fact, in many instances, a human won’t be the first set of eyes on your resume—a computer program will—and if you aren’t careful, you could be turned down for a title that doesn’t match their pre-programmed criteria or using a font that doesn’t translate well into their program.
Let’s face it … if you aren’t using a staffing agency like Leddy Group to sing the praises of your accomplishments in front of potential employers, your resume will have to do that for you, and even the most minor tweaks, like those identified below, can make a big difference.
Your resume, much like your wardrobe, can fall victim to changing times. Check to see if the format, font, and content are current before sending it out, especially if you’ve been out of the job market for a while. Do a Google search to find out what recruiters are (and aren’t) looking for. (Tip: If you need additional assistance, you can utilize the resume builder tool here.)
Talking About Yourself
It’s your recent experience that counts. Sure, you may feel you know your way around computers, but if the position requires advanced Excel skills and you can only reference using Lotus 1-2-3 in a job 10 years ago, you might want to consider taking a course to update your skills or foregoing that opportunity altogether.
Chasing that Interview
You’re hoping for a job interview, not a second date, so don’t leave important information out so you have something to talk about at a later time. Is there a long gap in between your most recent jobs? Are you looking for a new job after only a month with your current employer? Explain everything that might raise a red flag in a recruiter’s eyes.
It’s okay to omit a few jobs you had early in your career, including that summer gig flipping burgers at the local fast food joint when you were in high school 20 years ago (unless you are looking to get back into food service).
Not One Size Fits All
Customize your resume to each position you’re after. Address most or all of the skills the employer is looking for in that position. Not only that, make sure you include those keys words used in the job listing that the automated bots are trying to match up to your qualifications.
Have someone else look at your resume! We can’t say this enough. One typo can blow your chances of getting your foot in the door (especially if the job requires a strong attention to detail), so make sure you have a trusted friend check your resume before you hit “send.” Don’t just rely on spell check or grammar sites; even they can miss subtle errors or words that are spelled correctly but just don’t make sense.
Need some help perfecting your resume? Contact Leddy Group! We’ll be able to spot any imperfections and maybe even help you get your resume the attention it deserves from some great local employers!