You have likely heard that the average time a hiring manager spends looking at a resume is about 15 seconds.
With such a short time being spent, you have to make sure your resume meets some basic requirements. Below is a checklist of things you should go through before submitting your resume for scrutiny.
It looks professional
Obviously, you want to appear professional in the eyes of a hiring manager, and your resume is a good way to do this. A well-defined structure, distinct sections and bold headings are all hallmarks of the professional-looking resume. It should also have a concise writing style and broad vocabulary. And naturally, a professional-looking resume is free of typos and grammar errors.
It has an initial impact
A resume ought to generate some kind of impact on the person who reads it. Make sure the first section, whether it’s a profile or objective statement, sells your in-demand talents and is customized to the role you are seeking. If a hiring manager can’t quickly see you’re a solid fit for the position, then the resume may need some adjusting.
It should read easily
On-the-go hiring managers don’t have time to comb through big blocks of text. You need to break down the information on your resume into small sections and make effective use of bullet points. You should also make sure the essential skills and experience for the open role are prominently featured throughout the resume.
Furthermore, the resume should be less than two pages. If you have a lot of technical skills and certifications you’d like to include, then a full two pages is appropriate. If you don’t have a laundry list of specific items, your resume shouldn’t be too much longer than one page.
The work history is well-structured
When a hiring manager looks at a resume’s work history section, they want to quickly see what the applicant did in past roles. If the work history uses vague or flowery language, it’s going to raise a red flag. For instance, working on a cleaning crew doesn’t make you a “sanitation engineer.”
It conveys real value
Hiring managers need to see a return on their investment in an applicant, so resumes must display the value that an applicant can deliver, should he or she become part of the company. Your resume should include a lot of examples of the value you have provided previous employers. For instance, if they have improved a method, managed a sizable project or cut costs, you must emphasize those points.
It includes specifics
Specific numbers are incredibly essential for any a resume. Without them, it’s difficult for a reader to comprehend the impact you had at a previous job and compare them against the other applicants. Figures like cost savings, budgets maintained or the scale of projects are excellent ways to quantify an applicant’s results.
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