In just one or two pages on a resume, you need to showcase your entire career. The truth is, a resume shouldn’t be the complete meal, just an appetizer intended to share the most important ingredients that make you the best possible candidate. So, what are hiring managers really looking for when they view your resume for the first time? How can you be sure to grab their attention and convince them to call you? Here are some things to start with.
The objective statement no longer has the status it once held. It’s been replaced with the more fashionable summary statement. However, you still want to customize your resume to reflect the job for which you’re applying. You want the resume to focus on the skills that relate to the specific position, not just be a generic page for any job. A hiring manager isn’t likely to give a second thought to a resume that seems to be designed for a different job.
Names of Companies:
Job titles can vary from place to place, so a hiring manager wants to see the companies where you’ve worked before. The size and type of company you worked for can give them a lot of information before they read the rest of your resume. Even if you want to keep your job search confidential, don’t leave off company names.
Dates of Employment:
Resumes without accurate dates of employment are a huge red flag for hiring managers. If you obscure the dates or exaggerate too far in any direction, they’ll immediately think you’re hiding something. Even if you do have gaps in your employment, don’t leave off that information. Instead, fill those gaps with volunteer work or personal work you did during that time.
Quantify Your Work:
The human brain often scans words, but if it sees a number, it stops. Include data that reflect things like money you saved your company, hours you shaved off a specific project or how many residents you managed in a past community.
Education is an important component of your career development. Not everyone goes to college or graduates, but including the education you have is essential past high school. You don’t have to include a lot of details, but make sure you show you are committed to continued learning throughout your career.
A Solid Format:
Different hiring managers will have different likes and dislikes when it comes to resume formats, but there are some across-the-board preferences. Bullet points instead of lengthy paragraphs are easier to read. Leave off fancy fonts or graphics unless you’re applying for a design position.
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