A couple weeks ago, we shared with you some of our Recruitment Specialists' biggest pet peeves when it comes to reading resumes. So how you can edit your resume to stand out? All recruiters agreed that it's important to remember the basics of a good resume, including:
Adequate level of detail about projects;
Concise bullet points;
A catchy summary;
Key accomplishments that are above and beyond to the mandatory job requirements;
All the technologies used in each project;
Easy-to-read font; and,
Good use of white space.
Here are some more specific tips:
Make it easy to read with proper spacing between points and work experience.
When applying to a specific job, bold specific key words that are relevant to the job posting throughout the experience section.
Be achievements focused - rather than "what I did day today" What did you achieve? Where did you improve process? When did you take the initiative to do something? When did you save the organization time or money?
Provide a complete picture of your role within a company or on a project. (Full Company Name, a relevant job title, a brief description of the reason why you worked at that company or on that project, bullet points that convey a complete thought). At the end of every bullet point, we should never be left wondering "so what". If we are, then it's not important information or it's an incomplete thought.
If you have a 20-year career, don't try to write a 1-2 page resume. 3-5 pages is a great length because we like to see the detail from your most recent projects - scope, budget, team size, etc.
Know your experience and where it can get you, and present yourself accordingly. Trying to look like you fit in everywhere can make it look like you don't really fit anywhere.
Despite having what you think is a perfect resume - you need to ALWAYS be prepared to modify your resume for the position you're applying to. Don't ever take for granted that recruiters will deduce or assume you've got a specific type of experience. If the job asks for a skill - make sure that skill is listed under every relevant position/project where it was used - not under general sections like "highlights" or "technologies used". Clients want to know if you have the skill, where you used the skill, how long you used it and some context around how you used it.
Every Recruiter will vary in their preferences, but we're confident if you apply these tips to your resume, you will see an increase in success; not just at Eagle, but across all clients and agencies. Don't believe us? Give it a try!