How to impress recruiters: resume dos and don’ts

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Its a tough world out there, especially in the world of resumes. You are competing against a large number of other candidates, who also have great experience and impressive skills and knowledge.

You need to have what it takes to stand out both as a person and also having an impressive resume that makes you special and unique. This means you can’t be making any silly errors that may get you noticed for the wrong reasons.

So how can you do this? Here are some top statistics and dos and don’ts of a resume, take note!

Think like a recruiter

  • Recruiters spend 6 seconds looking at a resume before deciding if the person is worthy of an interview.
  • 78% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address.
  • 88% discarded if they include a photo!
  • They spend 80% of their resume review time on name, current title/company and past titles/companies.

What questions do recruiters ask when reviewing a resume?

  • What was this candidates most recent role?
  • What is this person’s overall experience?
  • Do they have a personal web presence?
  • Did they have any gaps in their career and why?

Resume Dos

  • An organised layout is VERY important.
  • Put format first.
  • Triple check spelling and grammar!
  • List experience in chronological order.
  • Identify your achievements: Challenge, actions and results.
  • Show leadership.
  • Incorporate statistics.
  • Use words such as achieved, created and influenced.

Resume Don’ts

  • Don’t use overcomplicated formatting.
  • Don’t change tense throughout.
  • Don’t exaggerate titles/responsibilities.
  • Don’t make spelling mistakes.
  • Don’t use an inappropriate email address.

Read more dos and don’ts below!

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