When it comes to resumes, quality and effort have huge payoffs. Always keep the following in mind: most recruiters have seen thousands of resumes in their careers. Just imagine being a recruiter and having to read 300 different documents in a day – all of them written in 10 pt. Times New Roman font. Not only will eye fatigue set in after 45 minutes, but all of those buzzwords candidates are encouraged to use will start to run into each other.
In other words, when resumes all start looking the same, they get overlooked. Here’s a tip: When submitting a resume to a potential employer, offer a PDF document that is easy to read and is no more than two pages long. In addition, be sure to add some unique wrinkles to your resume. Recruiters appreciate the finer points that make candidates stick out from all of the rest. What finer points are we talking about?
Consistency across the board.
It’s 2019. You do realize the piece of paper containing your resume is not the only source of information about you a recruiter can locate, right? It’s important you stay consistent across the board. That means ensuring all of your social media profiles have you listed by the same name. As Amanda Augustine explains on TopResume.com, how your name is displayed on your resume matters a lot.
“Are you planning to use a nickname, such as Bob, or will you use your full name for the job search?” she asks, “Whichever you choose, make sure you consistently represent your name on all your personal branding materials such as your business cards, LinkedIn profile, and online portfolio or blog.”
Specifics that make you unique.
In case you weren’t aware, your resume is, more than likely, going to be scanned by applicant tracking software before it is perused by real eyes. Be sure to include interesting character traits, standout instances of excellent work and impressive achievements on your resume. A cookie cutter approach to writing your resume won’t do you much good.
“Automated scanning tools are typically programmed to match keywords from job descriptions to words in an applicant’s resume,” informs MyPerfectResume.com, “At the same time, a ho-hum resume that merely repeats the phrasing of the job description is not likely to impress a hiring manager once you clear the first automated hurdle.”
A professional LinkedIn profile.
LinkedIn was mentioned earlier. Here’s hoping you’re already completely familiar with the social media platform which assists professionals with connecting with each other. Needless to say, it is one that requires professionalism. Go figure, right? Set up a solid LinkedIn profile, if you haven’t already, and be sure to include the URL on your resume. Your recruiter is bound to look you up anyway!
“A Jobvite social recruiting survey found that 93 percent of recruiters will search for your online profiles before they decide to interview you,” reveals Augustine, “Save them some time by including the URL to your LinkedIn profile.”