ringier home icon

How to Write a Resume Recruiters Like to Read.

Google has a bazillion of resume-discourse archived, implying that resume writing is an abundantly treated topic, so much you won’t need an extra advice to write the perfect resume. However, most of the tips apparently come from people who do not have any personal or professional experiences with writing resumes. So, I decided to rely on statistics from my company to give a you a snapshot of the rules of writing an irresistible resume.

How to write a resume recruiters like to read.
Source: Corbis Images

The main purpose of your resume is to get the interview, and so you should tailor your resume to achieve that; any other idea or purpose towards is absolutely useless. The typical recruiter sorts through several resumes daily on his desk, of which only a few resumes pass the first screening process. Explains why interview participants are usually no more than 10 on the average. Amusingly enough, not all resumes that meet the recruiter’s demands make it to the top of the pile because presentation is also a huge determinant of a good resume.  So, you may be an excellent specialist with the appropriate education, experience and skills, but if your resume is not attractive enough, it seems unlikely to get you to that interview stage.

Think of your resume as a selling tool.
This is useful for any job applicant because employers are like consumers, they get different offers regularly and are constantly pressed to make hiring decisions fast, if you are smart enough to sell them the brand you, you hit jackpot. However, most people compose pretty standard resumes, where they sound like “I need you; I need a job; Please…” And these are the bad resumes that remind more of a bad TV commercial. It is extremely important to write your resume in a way that portrays you as a valuable investment to the employer. Or, if we have to put this in other words, your resume should represent you as the solution to potential employers’ problems.

Choose the most appropriate resume format for your resume
Every job position is different, and organisations are different; the demands, situations, and problems are altogether different. All of this requires you to know how to judge what resume format to choose.

Chronological resume.
The chronological resume is truly the most common resume format, but it is also the most inappropriately used one. Use it when you want to emphasize your career. This resume will tell the employer that you are a person with some experience in a specific field. This is a suitable format also when your previous positions or employers are notable and/or impressive. Do not use the chronological resume when; you have changed too many jobs, when you are looking for a job for a first time and when you are on a career transition.

Functional resume.
Use it when you want to emphasize your skills and competitive advantages in a particular field. This resume format is also appropriate when you are newly looking for a job  or if you have changed your jobs too often. Perhaps the only disadvantage of this format is that it can’t really help you demonstrate your expertise by experience.

Target resume.
It is focused on a specific job position, which means that you know the requirements of the job you are applying for pretty well. The target resume will do you a great service if you want to create a great impression, if you are familiar with the job and if you have the right skills for it.

Write a new resume each time you are applying for a job.
This is a tall order but it is worth the effort. Most people use the same resume when applying for a job. However, this hurts your chances of getting a job because you are shooting off your resume to different employers- in different industries and specializations. At the very least, edit your resume each time you want to apply for a vacancy; examine it thoroughly and critically. Remove all irrelevant data including redundant facts, figures and names.

A one-page resume can do the magic.
You may be of the opinion that the length of your resume doesn’t matter so long as you have what employers are looking for; but contrary to that opinion, the lengthier your resume, the less work it does. Remember that the one-page resume will make your thoughts more focused, the message to the employer clearer and your words and details more precise. Write out everything important about your career that you want employers to see and trim it down to at most 2 pages.

Use powerful words
As a selling strategy, marketers carefully select their words to whip up emotions of prospective buyers; and as a marketer of the brand You, powerful words can make employers like you instantly.
Some of the action words you can use in your resume include; managed, sold, organized, invented, improved, optimized,  developed, coordinated, produced, expanded, negotiated, created, controlled, estimated, built etc. These verbs portray you to employers as a self-starter and problem-solver.

The appearance
Bear in mind that the way your resume looks can dramatically affect your chances of achieving your main goal – the interview.
Keep your resume error free.  There is no easier way of crashing your reputation easily than sending a resume full of errors, which, on the other hand, will be evidence of your forgetfulness or even ignorance.

Author Bio: Morgan Johnes is passionate freelance blogger and writer. He currently works as a HR at AfterTheBuilders London and he loves his job with people. In his spare time he loves to take long walks.



Nathan Jeffery
Notification Bell