As a recruiter, I’ve seen thousands of resumes ranging from veryqualified and capable candidates all over the nation. These candidatesspan from every industry and from administrative professionals to Clevel corporate executives. Each time I review a resume, I would reviewit under the eyes of the hiring manager. Through their eyes, I tried toget a sense of who the candidate is and how they are wired. The goal isto see if the candidate (communicated through a resume) capabilitieswill drive a degree of success in a particular capacity. Research hasshown that a typical hiring manager or recruiter will only look at aresume for approximately 15 seconds so bearing that in mind, I performthis resume critique under three basic guidelines. If you want to benoticed and receive the proper consideration, following thesesuggestions will help improve your chances of landing an interview.
Building Your Brand. This is your professional identity and perhaps the most importantelement that most resumes fail to develop. You can establishing yourbrand and increase your marketing collateral by ensuring that yourresume is concise, clearly identifying your professional traits anddemonstrate how you will fit into the position and the company corporateculture, captivating, grammatically perfect and of course free ofspelling error. It needs to flow, easy to read and pact with richcontent organized in a format which screams “HIRE ME!” Succeed here andyour resume will be pushed forward in the process. Fail here and yourresume will be filed away.
Differentiate Yourself. Whatever you do, do not copy someone else’s objective statements. Writethem yourself or with the help of an expert. The more unique yourprofile is, the higher the chances of a full review on your resume. Aneffective profile should be brief and encapsulate your background whilehighlighting your capabilities and accomplishments. Always tailor yourprofile to fit the position so do not use the same profile for everysubmitted resume.
Value. How will you add value to the position?. This is the first questionhiring managers or recruiters look for in a candidate. After all, that’swhy they are hiring in the first place. You can demonstrate your valuebuy quantifying results. Describe how you helped a company increasedrevenue, lowered cost and increase productivity. Don’t be afraid to usenumbers even if they are not exact.
Conclusion. Maximizing your brand will help identify and articulate yourprofessional skills to the decision makers the immediate value andbenefit that you bring to the company. This is your chance for goodfirst impression and believe me, first impressions are everything duringyour job search campaign. Differentiate yourself will give you acompetitive advantage so revise your profile to create a powerfuleffective 15 second pitch. Finally, quantify your success and showdecision makers how you can contribute to the company’s bottom-line. Ifyou take the initiative to embrace these three essential elements indefining your resume, you will recognize greater results in your searchefforts.
Have an expert put together an organized, engaging and compelling coverletter that’s poised for high impact. An expert can tailor our message,convincing the reader to proceed to review your resume. Sadly, firstimpressions count so unless you have an effective cover letter, nomatter how stunning your resume is, it will not be considered. Workone-on-one with an expert to determine the approach that will get youthe interview. An expert can help you identify your uniqueness, uncover your qualities and build your brand.