You might have heard that hiring managers only spend less than 10 seconds to scan a resume and decide whether it is a yes or no. So, how do you get your resume to get past the quick resume scan? Check out these strategies.
When you’re reviewing 100 resumes a day, the ones that really stick out are the ones in which you can tell the person invested time into creating. The professional and executive resume formats that were well-organized, easy to read, and perfectly laid out really made reviewing the resume easier-and definitely caught my attention. When you’re comparing a professionally organized and strategically laid out resume to a messy, unprofessional, and disorganized one, the choice of which one to invest time into reading becomes a no-brainer. After all, why waste time searching through a document trying to find the info you need when someone else has clearly laid it out for you?
A recruiter’s pet peeve is seeing people shot a resume that said absolutely nothing about the requirements that s/he had spent so much time writing to include in the job ad. Normally, you will see required qualifications and preferred qualifications. At the very least, to even be considered, the person had to possess the required qualifications. If you want your resume to catch recruiter’s attention, you should make it easy for them to see that you do indeed meet the requirements – either by listing them in the top or calling attention to them in a bold, underlined, or italicized font and placed throughout their resume. If you want to secure that interview, call attention to the fact that you also meet their preferred qualifications. Meeting the required and preferred qualifications – and calling attention to this fact in your resume – makes you a perfect candidate for the job.
Compelling, easy-to-read content
Long paragraphs on resumes serve one purpose… and that’s to lose the hiring manager’s attention. The truth is, hiring managers do not have time to wade through enormous amount of text density to find the information they need; so don’t waste your time for writing long paragraphs. Keep it concise, cut out the mundane, and highlight your accomplishments. Don’t go super crazy with the bold, underline, or italics, but use them when it fits, and use them to call attention to the most important information.
Just to review-here’s how to make it past the initial 5-second scan:
- Professional, polished, and well-organized format
- Make it easy for the hiring manager to find exactly what he or she needs – and to find it quickly.
- Keep the content concise, and highlight the critical information the hiring manager needs in order to make the decision to call for the interview.
Other strategies come into play when creating a compelling resume that will secure interviews, so if you’re not sure your resume has the right stuff – and if you haven’t heard of personal branding or incorporated it into your resume – it may be time to call a professional resume writer and get a resume checkup. If it means the difference between 3 interviews next week or 3 more months of job searching, you may want to consider speaking with a professional.
At Style Resumes, we know what we’re doing. We’ve helped thousands of job seekers get their dream job by giving them an impressive resume and cover letter that made employers feel in love with them. Get in touch with us and let’s craft that perfect resume!