Hello SOTGC community,
Companies have scaled back their recruitment budgets and the number of recruiters. So it’s important to know how to design your resume for busy recruiters. Here are three trends you need to be aware of:
1. Recruiters take less than one minute to review your resume. Do you want to get your resume in the “yes” pile?
- Then keep the format of the resume simple yet effective. Pick a font that looks professional yet easy on the eye. Times New Roman is the preferred font. Recruiters often sort through 600-plus resumes per week, and they give attention to the resume whose format is easy to read.
- List results under your work or professional experience. Often we list activities that read more like a job description – recruiters are looking for results!
- Under your current job responsibility write in “present” tense, not “past” tense. Recruiters check for good grammar and do not tolerate typos. This will quickly put your resume in the “no” pile.
- Prioritize your results. Recruiters look at your first three bullets under work or professional experience. Make sure these bullets represent your best results and are applicable for the job you are applying for.
2. Recruiters are not frequenting the job sites you think they are. Companies are cutting costs, and this includes recruitment budgets. Fees have increased across job boards such as Monster.com and Career Builder, so companies are moving toward less expensive means to find their hires. Sites such as Linkedin and Indeed.com provide applicant information, and cost little. If you don’t know already cruise Indeed.com, know this ‑ Indeed.com pulls job postings from various sites to include job boards, newspapers, associations, and company job sites. Indeed.com makes its revenue on advertising rather than fees from the company, so companies are utilizing this service.
It’s not enough to post your resume on Linkedin. Recruiters are looking at Linkedin Groups targeting those who are leading the conversation, posting articles, sharing their knowledge and expertise. These are the people recruiters are looking for – people that lead and make a difference.
3. Recruiters make decisions about you based on your presence on social networks. Don’t be mistaken, recruiters utilize social media to learn more about you. This can make or break a job opportunity. Remember to present your best self on your social media sites. Remove those pictures of you and your friends in the beer garden with that beer in your hand.
Overall, always keep your resume current whether you’re working or looking for work.
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Here’s to your success!