BY: Adam Gavriel
In times of uncertain employment, we cannot preach enough here on the blog how important a resume is in your potential successes of landing a job. Unfortunately what we see some times are resumes that are not nearly complete enough in order to grab and keep the attention of the HR manager or recruiter you’re sending your credentials to. Remember, on average these employees who separate the resume pile from “call backs” to “trash” spend an average of 6 seconds looking at your resume. Now, at Crossroads Consulting we take the time to look at the resume from top to bottom, but most HR managers do not practice this system.
With an average of just 6 seconds to gain the HR manager’s attention, you need to make sure that your resume is 100% in order. A resume is so much more than just where you have worked, and what dates you worked there. If you can believe it, some resumes don’t even contain this information. There are important elements of a resume that all employers must see before making a decision on whether or not to put you in the pile with the “call backs” or send your credentials to the “trash.”
Aside from the known factors that are necessary in a resume such as your name, address, telephone number, and email (because you’re going to have to give the hiring manager a way to get in touch with you if they like your credentials), a resume needs to be more. You have one page (by a rule of thumb, resumes should not be longer than a page) to make your impression, and a lot needs to go into that one page. Make every word count, because it’s going to.
A new form of technology that the hiring world is embracing, especially with most resumes being electronic these days, is a word filter system. You’re going to want to add a “skills” section to your resume to combat these word filter software programs. Take a long look at the job description that you’re responding to and take note of key terms used in the description. If it is said multiple times that you’re going to need sales experience, make sure to note in your resume that you have your best sales highlights of your career in there. If the job description notes that you’re going to need a CPA to be considered for the job, include the fact that you have that CPA that the hiring firm is looking for.
It’s also important to not overlook the simple software like Microsoft Office. Being well-rounded in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook (among many other Microsoft programs) can set you apart from the rest of the field, especially those who may have experience working within Microsoft Office, but do not include it on their resume.
If you’re a creative mind and are functional within Adobe Photoshop, make sure that you note it on your resume. Are you a website builder? Make sure that you put HTML in your skills section. It’s a part of your resume that might only take a single line of space, but it could easily separate you from the rest of the pact, especially those who only include their work history.
Some other important ingredients to a perfect resume that employees want to see are:
- Steady employment
- If you can provide distinct numbers on your resume, provide them. It’s better to say, “Managed a sales team of 15 employees” than just “Managed a sales team.” Be descriptive, but remember that every word counts, so make them WORK FOR YOU.
- An objective. Who are you, what are you trying to accomplish, and how can your experience help the firm?
These are just a few quick tips on what is a very critical element of the hiring process. The resume is its own beast, and is hard to tame. If you feel as if these tips are helpful and want to learn more and make your resume work for you, please feel free to utilize our resume service. At Crossroads Consulting we have job openings across the nation that are updating every day, and we want to help you get that job. Our employees will help you every step of the way from making sure your resume is right, to placing you right into the company.
The current state of unemployment in the United States is tragic, and it’s going to take the help of everyone involved to get that number below 8% Help your neighbors, help your friends, making contacts and connections is critical.
And remember at Crossroads Consulting, we’re putting the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’