How to Make Your Resume Stand Out
Have you ever used the word “gibbleygook” on a resume?
You would be surprised with what resume faux pas come across a recruiter’s desk. Bad stories are often more memorable, but no one wants to be a part of those. Corporate recruiters are flooded with applications, so if you want your professional resume to stand out (in a good way), it needs to be polished.
Start thinking like a recruiter…
Recruiters spend less than 60 seconds looking at a resume before deciding if the person is worthy of an interview.
Did you know 78% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address?
If your resume includes a photo – 88% are tossed in the shedder.
Recruiters spend 80% of their resume review time on name, current title/company and past titles/companies.
Twenty-seven percent of Human Resources Managers (Internal Recruiters) report receiving more than fifty resumes on average for each open position. More than one in ten say they receive more than 100 resumes per opening. When evaluating resumes, these same recruiters indicate that relevant experience is the most sought after consideration.
What questions do recruiters ask when reviewing a professional resume?
What was this candidate’s most recent role? What is this person’s overall experience? Do they have a personal web presence? Did they have any gaps in their career and why?
To help you perfect your resume, we asked recruiters about surprising mistakes that applicants make and should avoid. Here are the top responses:
- Use an organized layout; this is VERY important.
- Triple check spelling and grammar!
- List experience in chronological order. Show the months and years.
- Identify your achievements: challenge, actions and results.
- Show leadership skills whether in your job, studies, or volunteer experience.
- Incorporate statistics to validate your experience.
- Use words such as achieved, created and influenced.
Avoid if you can…
- Don’t use overcomplicated formatting.
- Don’t change tense throughout.
- Don’t exaggerate titles/responsibilities.
- Don’t make spelling mistakes.
- Don’t use an inappropriate email address.