Snagging your first job out of college or an entry-level role in a new industry can be tough. You research the organizations, look at their networks, and check their reviews. But after you have applied, is your resume being seen at all?
Software programs search for keywords – meaning there is a chance that your resume may never make it into the hands of a recruiter. Recruiters and HR sometimes have hundreds of resumes for one position.
Every day, the Talener Talent Acquisition Team strives to give dozens of applications the attention they deserve. They look for key elements that help them decide whether an applicant will receive a call back.
Sometimes it is a goal, a mission statement, or an objective. But most of the time, it is not a make-or-break on your resume. If you’re running out of space, nix the objective. It’s a few more lines that may keep a recruiter from going further down your resume. If you think your objective statement is unique and a key part of your personal brand- don’t leave it out.
Creating narrow margins, minimizing font size and, tightening spacing can be just as detrimental to your resume as misspelled words or poor grammar. Your resume should provide a flow and easy reading for the recruiter. Keep sections neat, organized, and in chronological order.
Whether we like it our not, we are programmed to pick up keywords and phrases that support the necessary skills for a role. What qualifications did that job description ask for? Do your keywords compliment or complete these requirements?
Skills build over time. As an entry-level applicant, it is important to show how you have used your education, previous jobs, and time to maximize your skills. Do your skills illustrate your willingness to learn new things?
Quality Over Quantity
Most resumes receive less than 60-seconds of facetime. Important information should always be first and stand out. The amount of jobs you’ve held or clubs you’ve been a part of are less important than what you did during your time.
Taking a leadership role always stands out. It shows your ability to juggle time constraints, oversee projects and interact with people. Highlight where you made the biggest impact and how you got to your position.
Education can be a sensitive topic. Many people who do not follow traditional education routes may feel boxed out of certain positions. Use your resume to show your path and how it has made you what you are today. Never discount your non-traditional background- but be prepared to qualify your experience.