When using a recruiter to help you get a temporary job or a desirable full-time position you want to come in as prepared as can be. A lot of this effort focuses on the resume you present them with for which they will analyze from your name at the top to the last place of business you list at the bottom.
It’s crucial that you make the right steps when presenting them with this important piece of paper so it makes you look like a much more enviable person to work with.
This year has been a gut-wrenching one for many as they’ve either lost their jobs or been furloughed due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Getting back on your feet after having such a devastating year is important and the first step in doing so is ensuring that your resume looks as close to perfect when it comes time to your first meeting with said recruiter.
Here are nine things they first notice on your resume that you should be aware of prior to emailing or handing it over to them.
Humble Brag. Finding the line between confidence and cocky is important in a resume. Recruiters should be able to spot several lines where you talk about why you are the perfect part for the role you are after.
This can include your qualifications listed at the top, an award you won at a previous position or the kind of degree you received from the university you graduated from.
Hook Them In. Recruiters go through hundreds if not thousands of resumes each week. In order to differentiate from the pack it is important that you find some sort of hook at the top of your resume that will reel them in and get you noticed above others.
A good example of doing this is to not bury important information that is relevant to the job you are looking for.
Responsibilities, Roles, Etc. Be sure to tailor roles and responsibilities for each job you apply for especially if you are looking in different areas of the industries.
This could mean that you have different resumes for different kinds of recruiters however the language in each should match the specific job you want.
Easy to Read. You don’t want to give the recruiter a headache when they have to red line and change a bunch of things on your resume. Proofread the living heck out of it and make sure that everything is cohesive, to the point, not too long and is easy to go through from start to finish.
Don’t Forget Numbers. Specifics are important on a resume if you’ve achieved something numbers related in your professional career. If you are keen on getting a big sales job and racked in a ton of dollars at another position where you know the specific amount then you should include that in there. It’s another humble brag worth boasting about.
Be Honest About Your Gaps. This step is probably the most relevant to what’s going on in the world as many will be forced to have gaps in their resume based on their industry not having that many jobs available.
That’s an understandable explanation when your recruiter is asking why this happened but outside of that you should always come prepared with a clear reason as to why you were unemployed for a period of time.
Education is Key. For certain jobs its important to highlight the education you received especially if you have a certificate or something extra that could be the cherry on top of your already fabulous resume cake.
It can make you that much more desirable if you got that unique extra credit during college that will propel your CV to then brag about you to a number of companies that are hiring in your field.
Inconsistencies 101. Write it as concisely as possible. Think of your resume as you perfectly skiing down a hill with no interruptions. You want it to read fluidly from bottom to top with your no inconsistencies on your job gaps, achievements, etc.
Current Employer Info. It’s good for your recruiter to know at least the basics of your current employer even though you are putting yourself in a position to find something new.
No need to write in depth about the company but a simple one or two lines about what they do, size, etc, can give the CV some very important context.