Resume Basics – Tutorial #2 – What Recruiters Look For

Resume Basics – Tutorial #2 – What Recruiters Look For


Now that we have the basic layout of resumes and how they’re put together I’m gonna talk to you a little bit more about what recruiters look for in resumes. now using the same resume template we used in the other video, recruiters are generally never reading your resume in it’s entirety. Typically on average a recruiter will spend about 30 seconds looking at your resume, so they don’t have time to read every word, but what they do is they scan for key words. Now these key words they are looking for are typically found in their companies job description for that specific job. So, you’re going to want to get yourself a copy of the companies job description, and you’re gonna want to go through that job description and pull out what you think a recruiter might be looking for. Now in your skills section especially this is going to be a great place to customize your resume to that job specifically because in job descriptions, they’re going to highlight the skills that are required for that job. You want to go through the job description, identify if you have those particular skills and put those in your resume. So these become very, job specific skills and they are going to stand out to a recruiter. Also under your experience when you list your job duties, you’re going to want to write these in such a way that a recruiter can see the connection between what you did at that company and how it can apply to the job and the company you’re applying for. Again, using the job description to help you write those job duties. Again, same thing with your certifications and awards, you’re going to want to highlight awards and certifications you’ve received that you think would be most applicable to the job you’re applying for. Now one of the other things that you’re going to want to keep in mind is that recruiters, they are looking for this information very quickly, in 30 seconds on average. So when you put your resume together, you’re gonna want to make sure that is has a nice flow and that the information is, very easy to find and to read. Some other things that recruiters are looking for, is they’re looking for consistency, okay? So if you write your dates, this way for example, and then down here you write your date in a different format, using say just numbers instead of abbreviating the month, a recruiters’ gonna notice that, their gonna notice that, wait, that’s, that’s different from how it was written up here, and that’s not going to reflect very well on you. Also, something you’re going to want to keep in mind is spelling and grammar. Recruiters want to hire people that know how to spell and form a sentence. So be sure that you proof read your resume and have others proof read it for grammar and spelling errors. Also, something that they like to see is alignment, make sure that everything lines up, so all these bullet points they all line up. If you’ve got one bullet point that’s over here and you’ve got another one that’s back here, that’s not going to reflect very well on you. So you want to make sure that it’s consistent, has a nice flow to it it’s easy to find the information in, have good spelling, and grammar, you good alignment, making sure that it just looks very clean

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