Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before they make theinitial decision on candidates, that means you have to win them over fast. While resumes should be tailored to the industry you're in, the one below offers a helpful guide for entry- and mid-level professionals with three to five years of relevant work experience.
1. It includes a single phone number and email address.
Choose one phone number for your resume where you control the voicemail message and who picks up the phone. The same rule applies to an email address.
2. It uses reverse chronological order.
This is the most helpful for recruiters because they're able to see what you've been doing in recent years immediately. The only time you shouldn't do this is if you're trying to transition to another career altogether, but then again, in this situation, you'll probably be relying more on networks than your resume.
3. It uses keywords like "forecasting" and "strategic planning."
Many companies use some kind of screening process to identify the right candidates. You should include the keywords mentioned in the job posting throughout your resume, this will help you make it past the initial screenings and on to the recruiter or hiring manager.
4. It does not list achievements in dense blocks of text.
Recruiters receive so many resumes to scan through at a time, so make it as easy as possible for them to understand why you're perfect for the job. Dense blocks of text are too difficult to read.
5. Instead, achievements are listed in two to five bullet points per job.
Under each job or experience you've had, explain how you contributed to or supported your team’s projects. As you build up your experience, save the bullets for yourbragging points.
6. It quantifies achievements.
Quantify your major accomplishments and contributions for each role, this can include the money you saved or brought in for your employer, deals closed, and projects delivered on time or under budget.
7. Accomplishments are formatted as result-and-then-cause.
A good rule is to use the "result BY action" sentence structure whenever possible. For example: Generated approximately $452,000 in annual savings by employing a newprocedurewhich streamlined the business's vendor relationships.
8. White space draws the reader's eyes to important points.
Recruiters do not spend a lot of time scanning resumes, so avoid dense blocks of text. The key is to format the information in a way that makes it easy to scan and recognize your job goals and relevant qualifications.
9. It does not include images.
Avoid adding any embedded tables, pictures, or other images in your resume, as this can jumble your resume in the system.
10. It doesn't use headers or footers.
It may look neat and concise to display your contact information in the header, but for the same reason with embedded tables and charts, it often gets scrambled in an applicant system.