By Ginger Robitaille, Certified Professional Recruiter
Director of Recruitment, Turning the Corner, LLC

You have three to seven seconds to make a first impression. Is your resume up to the challenge?

How Recruiters See Your Resume

As Recruiters we may all view the information in a different order, but we are all looking for the same thing. If we don’t find what we are looking for in the first three sections of your resume, we have moved onto the next candidate and your resume is sitting in the “no” pile. I might have to look at 20 resumes or more to find one potential candidate. You need to grab my attention immediately (have WOW factor) to stand out from the crowd. Take the time to make your resume relevant to the specific position you are applying for. A lot of keywords can be found in the job posting. Incorporate those keywords into your resume.

Including Relevant Information is a Must

I recently received a resume for one of my job postings for a marketing and sales expert. Work experience within the real estate industry was also required. The applicant had a great marketing background with a trajectory of successes. However, I had to tell them they were not a candidate for the position because they had no real estate experience. This individual wrote back to tell me they had been involved in real estate sales for the last 12 years, but they had not included that because it was just something they did as a hobby. When you are updating your resume, ask yourself, is this information relevant to the position I am applying for? If the answer is yes, include it!

The WOW Factor

It is important to pay attention to the details when applying for positions and ensure you include the requirements in the wording of your resume. I don’t want you wasting your time applying for positions you won’t be considered for, make it worth your effort. Three key items to WOW me in three seconds:

  1. Work History – do you have stable work history? Does the work you’ve done correlate with the requirements of the new position? It’s not always about the number of years at a company, but a steady stream of employment. Your work history should show like building blocks in your career path.
  2. Core Competencies – a bulleted list of your core or key competencies allows me to quickly evaluate if your skills match the current needs of the company.
  3. Professional Summary – tell me your perspective on what value you bring to the company. I want to get an idea of how you would “sell” yourself given an opportunity to meet with the hiring manager.

Get the Help You Need

At Turning the Corner, we are passionate about helping the right companies and job seekers find one another. A great resume is one of the first steps in making this happen. If details are not your forte or you would just like to seek a professional opinion on how you are presenting yourself in writing, reach out to us. We are here to help!

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