EXPERT RECRUITERS SHARE TOP ADVICE FOR JOB SEEKERS
We've enlisted the help of some of the top recruiters from around the U.S. to chime in and share some of their expertise on the "Best" and "Worst" things they've seen in resumes. This info is worth its weight in gold, so pay attention here. This is the grand finale that concludes the "Perfect Resume" blog article series from the last four week, where we've covered:
- Part I: Keyword research
- Part II: Data-driven Job Seeker & Job Search Funnel
- Part III: Professional Summary, Tagline & Unforgettable Personal Branding
- Part IV: Success Statements & Getting Recruiters to Pursue You!
I've then put the most consistent "Gold Nuggets" into "The Perfect Resume Blueprint" guide that you can download for FREE by signing up for the "Resume Refresh" CHALLENGE. This quick-start guide will not only help you improve your existing resume quickly but also includes a copy-and-paste professional resume template (in .DOCX format) that you can use as a foundation to completely rebuild your new resume NOW!
Now, grab your pencil and start taking some notes. This is going to be gooooooood! Giddyup! Let's get started with the expert recruiter round-up!
Lisa Gibello is Vice President, Creative Recruiting at The Creative Group (Part of Robert Half Intl.) and partners with top design agencies and tech companies to place industry leading creative candidates. Connect with Lisa on LinkedIn.
David Sterenfeld places ONLY software sales & sales management talent in the Rockies, Pacific NW and California and has worked with many candidates their entire career. He founded his search firm - Corporate Dynamix - in 1992 and has personally placed 1800 candidates. Learn more at cdynamix.com.
Kevin is co-founder of Startup Talent Consulting and believes a company sells two products - their core offering, and employee brand. They will optimize your employee brand for company success. Contact Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arel Oran is a strategic and dedicated full-service independent recruiter with a passion for sourcing exceptional and diverse talent. Follow her @arel_oran.
Recruiters possess a wealth of knowledge, and while their primary objective is to fill a role for a client with a well-qualified candidate, they are an invaluable resource to help candidates best position their experience resulting in a stronger candidate. While each recruiter may have certain unique preferences, as you have read, there are some undeniable consistent themes that all recruiters consider important.
The most important being to proof and spellcheck your resume and watch out for formatting errors. If your resume is error-free and visually appealing, you are already well ahead of the competition. Next, provide specific, measurable and quantified metrics that detail business impact; how you improved the business. Did you drive revenue? Time savings? Or cost savings? It's always advisable to use SMART principles here. Lastly, clearly articulate your career arc and be specific. Don't use generic responsibility language. Use the business terms specific to your business. This separates you from the masses and has the additional benefit of using keywords that recruiters could be using in their candidate searches. Lastly, never hesitate to ask a recruiter how you can improve your resume, as we've seen here, they are professionals with a wealth of knowledge.
Just about everyone I speak with says something along the lines of "I need to update my resume," or "I'm embarrassed of my LinkedIn Profile." Well you don't have to be and it takes only a few minutes of action to get the ball rolling to greatly improve both of these job seeking tools.
If this article has been a helpful jumpstart, you might want to consider advancing to the next step and taking the "Resume Refresh CHALLENGE" and downloading the "Perfect Resume" Blueprint, which was created as a companion resource and is the easiest way to quickly update and improve your resume. You'll also get a professional resume template that you can use as a foundation upon which to build your own greatly improved, search engine-friendly resume. Regardless of your approach, you now have everything you need to improve your resume and position yourself as an all-around stronger candidate. Happy job hunting!