3 Resume Tips From Recruiters

Posted: January 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Career Coach, Resume Advice, Resume Feedback Advice | Comments Off on 3 Resume Tips From Recruiters

“I’m on Monster.com, Dice and CareerBuilder and I had a phone interview last month but I think the problem is my resume.” – Client X. I’d love to quote the client that said that but there are so many it’s hard to choose just one. In today’s market, where 9 out of 10 resumes end up in the trash, a market-focused resume is essential to landing an interview much less a job.

Resumes That Get Results

85% of hiring managers only read the top half of page one of your resume. If you were reading only the top half of your first page, what position would you hire you for? 38% of hiring managers spend less than 60 seconds reading your resume. Net result: You’ve got less than 60 seconds to impress a hiring manager in less than half a page.

The resumes that get results in today’s highly competitive market are focused on facts, figures and results all organized in a clean, concise layout with a focused summary right upfront in the top half of page one. How do you create this on your own? The first way is to have the right components present on your resume.

The 6 Resume Components

  1. resume templatePersonal Information | Name, Phone Number, eMail and Address. (tip: include a link to your Linked In profile)
  2. Summary | Have one and make it relevant to today’s market, your skills and accomplishments.
  3. Professional Experience |  Include the most recent 15 years of experience.
  4. Education | Avoid including the year of graduation as it discloses your age; Remove high school.
  5. Awards | Include these great accomplishments in their own section or within the position bullet points.
  6. Community Involvement| Hiring Managers, and companies, like to hire professionals that volunteer. Include philanthropic activities that are not affiliated with a protected class (e.g. religion, ethnicity, etc).

Rosanna the Recruiter’s 3 Resume Tips

get resume coaching todayNow that you’ve got the right components, what are some good rules of thumb? A great colleague, and friend, Rosanna, is a recruiter in the technology industry and took to Facebook this week to post her 3 resume tips. When thousands of resumes come through your “door” via Linked In, Facebook and eMail everyday sometimes you want to share advice. Here are her 3 Resume Tips:

1. 3 page resumes, BAD.
2. Functional resumes, equally bad!
3. Long cover letters, a WASTE OF TIME.

Rosanna wrapped up her resume ‘rant’ with this statement: Your resume is your brand, not a badly written novel of your professional life. In the year 2011, it is unacceptable to have a bad, old-fashioned resume. If you’ve got a great resume and are looking for a job, reach out to Recruiter Rosanna and let her know you found her through Career Coach Adriana’s blog. (hint: avoid sending a bad resume)

Need Resume help? Simply ask. Avoid the $695 professionally written resume writers; I’ve helped thousands of people with their resumes and never charged $695. I hear horror stories from clients day after day, week after week about $500, $300, etc. paid for resumes and when I see what’s been done…cringe! Your resume is just one tool in the job search toolbox that will get you results and get you hired!

3 Strategies to Successfuly Accept Resume Feedback

Posted: April 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Resume Advice, Resume Feedback Advice, Resume Review | Comments Off on 3 Strategies to Successfuly Accept Resume Feedback

When people find out I’m a career coach I tend to get asked quite a few questions – which I’m okay with since I love what I do. The most difficult question is if I’ll “take a look at their resume and let them know what I think?”

This year I launched a Kick Ass Resume & Cover Letter Review Session because of how often I was asked this one question. However, this post is about how to accept feedback. Why?

Because the #1 thing I hear from recruiters and other career-industry professionals is that when they (and me included) give people feedback on their resumes it’s either not integrated or they take it very personally. That’s why I chose to write this post – to help out those of you who ask for resume feedback. Here are 3 Strategies to Successfully Accepting Resume Feedback:

  1. Check Your Ego At The Door.
    Think of your resume as a marketing brochure and you as the product. The more information, data and ‘stuff’ you put on it the more overwhelmed the buyer (recruiter, hiring manager) becomes. Marketing experts know to KISS (Keep It Simple & Short) their customers; the same goes with your resume. Check your ego at the door, let the expert determine which accomplishments to keep and which ones to remove – remove your ego from the process to increase your chances of success.

  2. Consult An Expert.
    If you need to buy a house, you get a realtor. If you need sugar, you go to a neighbor. When you need resume advice, go to a career industry expert – not your friends and family. They’re great for potlucks but not resumes. We live, eat, breathe and sleep industry statistics and see hundreds of resumes a month – sometimes more. It’s our job, literally, to know what works, what doesn’t work, and how to market you to land a job. As an example, a career coach and industry expert will know that nearly 80% of recruiters and hiring managers only read the top 1/3 to 1/5 of the first page of your resume. More importantly, we know the recommended information to put in that part of your resume.
  3. Apply the 2:1 Principle.
    I developed what I call the 2:1 Principle nearly 8 years ago after people asked for advice that would fall on deaf ears. We all have 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason, listen twice as much as you question. Listen carefully and thoughtfully to what the career expert’s advice and recommendations are for your resume. Listen to why they recommend you adjust your resume in the manner they are advising. After their suggested feedback is finished, then ask thoughtful, intelligent and relevant questions. Great questions can take your resume to the next level.

These 3 Strategies to Successfully Accepting Resume Feedback will give you the winning advantage to integrate any resume review. Your resume is the first impression a potential employer has of you – shouldn’t it be the best?

Go get ’em,