Your resume is your best foot forward in getting to the next step in the hiring process. Corporate recruiters give advice on putting together a winning resume and warn of red flags that may cause your resume to sit on the bottom of the pile. Check out what they have to say below for help with building resume that will stand out from the competition.
1. Typo Are No No’s! Proof, re-proof and re-proof your resumes. Whether it’s misspelled words or punctuation. Typos are no-no’s! 2. Be Descriptive Be very descriptive. You need to think about using the appropriate descriptors or action verbs to describe your responsibility on a specific job or project. 3. Accomplishment Driven versus Activity Driven List specific accomplishments. Talk about the relevant things, what did you accomplish? Saying improved sales by “x” amount or had “x” amount is better than just providing a laundry list of responsibilities. 4. Don’t Be Bashful If you’ve accomplished something put it on paper. I think this is one of the most cardinal mistakes, not only for inexperienced and new hires, but experienced hires as well. People have too much humble pie and inability to affectively communicate explicitly what they’ve done in a particular area.
1. Be Clear and Concise It is important to have your information in a clear and concise format. I don’t want to be sitting there trying to figure out when you graduated, what’s your major, or what is your GPA. Those things should be given. I should be able to look at your resume and in less than 10 seconds have a pretty good picture of who you are. 2. Don’t Leave Off Your GPA I can’t express how important the grade and the GPA are. There are absolutely jobs for college students out there, but the landscape is very competitive. To be able to compete in this space, we need to make sure we are academically solid. So putting that GPA up there is going to be really, really important. 3. Be Memorable To be able to articulate your experience and tell your story on your resume in one page in a way that makes a recruiter say I really want to interview that person is so important. If you had an international experience abroad, putting that on your resume in a way that explains not just that you went, but what you did and what you learned is what is important.
Don’t Limit Your Work Experience Especially early in your career; don’t limit yourself to work experience. I interviewed a fresh out of college person the other day. Not only were they a member of a sorority, but they were the founding member of another sorority. Well I’m in a fraternity. So I was impressed by the fact that the candidate was in two sororities and that she was a founding member. So that person goes up on the list. I think of the energy it takes to be a founding member of a sorority. On her resume she had, all the things she did in school; her community service projects and even church affiliation. She had a little bit of everything on there. I am not suggesting you put church affiliation on your resume, but it gave me a good sense of who I was talking to.