resume tips

5 Obvious, and 5 Not-so-Obvious Resume Tips

5 -Obvious Resume Tips

  1. Proof Read, Proof Read, Proof Read

    Yes, we are still talking about this! While it is one of the most obvious “no-brainers” that comes to mind when thinking about refining your resume, it is amazing how many resumes with major spelling and grammatical errors come through our office. Ensuring that you have a resume free of grammatical and spelling errors goes a long way to show your attention to detail.

  2. Avoid copy and pasting

    It is easy to identify that someone has copied and pasted a job description as their own duties on a resume. While it might seem like it makes sense to use the exact description, it can give a recruiter the impression that you are lazy. Everyone knows that a person’s impact on a company goes beyond a generic job description; so set yourself apart by giving precise and detailed descriptions of what you did during your time at a prior engagement.

  3. Easy on the Eyes!

    Recruiters and hiring managers look at hundreds of resumes daily and tens of thousands on an annual basis; so, adhere to a writing style that is compatible with skimming! Place your most impressive achievements towards the top of every engagement coupled with the use of short, precise language. This will go a long way to ensuring that important things don’t slip through the cracks. Remember, you are highlighting your relevant skills to capture the reader’s interest, not writing a novel. A clean list of organized bullet points is a great way to accomplish this.

  4. Be Consistent

    Grammar is another fundamental practice. Ensures that all the fonts are the same, paragraphs and margins are properly aligned, and all engagements follow the same format. Your attention to these details will go a long way to increasing the amount of time the Recruiter will spend on the resume.

  5. Be Honest

    Too many people embellish their prior experience attempting to be more marketable.  Even stretching the truth a little can be a major turn-off.   Recruiters and hiring managers are trained to weed out these CV’s, and it could keep a company from considering you for future opportunities. You will stand out more by being straight forward and honest, and land the job because your CV matched your interview responses.


5 No-so-Obvious Resume Tips

  1. Made, Saved, and Achieved

    Figuring out exactly how to describe your experience at prior jobs can be difficult. Ultimately recruiters and hiring managers want to see the impact you made at a previous engagement and that can be done by using the MSA method. First, describe new things that you made that positively impacted the company. This could be new processes, new tools, or new procedures that you implemented. Second, describe the effect that those processes had. This could be in terms of an actual dollar amount or in terms of time required to complete a process. Lastly, brag about your achievements! Great things to boast about include employee recognitions, coming in under budget or ahead of schedule for several years in a row, etc.

  2. Tailor fit your resume

    Every job and every company is different, so it would make sense that every job you apply to uses a slightly different version of your resume. Spending the time to make sure you highlight specific experiences relevant to the job description and the company can be the difference between making it to the interview round or the pay-no-mind list.

  3. Don’t use Tables!

    While they are a major help in presenting your resume in a clean and easy to read format, they can hurt your resumes searchability. The majority of the Applicant Tracking Systems (ATSs) used in the industry struggle to search for keywords and phrases within tables. This means your perfectly tailored resume might not appear in searches, regardless of your perfect qualifications for the job.

  4. Make your LinkedIn Profile reflect your resume

    Often your LinkedIn profile is as critical for applying to a job as your resume so it’s critical that you make sure the dates, titles, and experience are aligned. Use your LinkedIn profile to go a bit more in-depth on your responsibilities and use paragraph form rather than the bulleted form from the resume. Chances are if someone is looking at your LinkedIn profile after you’ve applied to a job, they’re interested.  Now use your LinkedIn profile to seal the deal!

  5. Use Keywords

    When posting your resume to a site like Monster or Indeed, make sure to use relevant key words in your resume as often as possible. Treat your resume like a marketer would with a website and increase its searchability. You can find the best keywords to use by reading job descriptions at companies you are interested in, and finding the common trends!



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