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7 Things Employers Look For When Reviewing Resumes

When reviewing resumes what do employers really look for?

Take a deep dive with us in this blog post as we explore the simple, yet effective, ways you can enhance your resume to gain greater visibility and traction with employers.

As a professional staffing agency, we have heard countless stories from employers about the types of things they key in on when reviewing resumes.  Here are some things to consider as you craft your “best resume yet”!

7 Key Elements To Use for the Creation or Updating of Your Resume

1.      Avoid Colors and Shapes.  These types of accents to a resume are distracting and are a signal to an employer that there may be things being withheld on the resume.

2.      Clearly State Your Previous Positions.  Don’t get fancy with over-exaggerated titles that border on not existing.  During a background check fictitious job titles, functions, and more can discovered easily and quietly such that you won’t get a call back for a second stage job interview.

3.      Detail Your Job Duties.  Be as detailed as possible when describing your job duties.  This will help a future employer match up, and even envision, your job descriptions to the requirements of the position for which they are hiring.

4.       Avoid Being Wordy.  Verbose descriptions and phrases are not needed in a resume and may even cause an employer to gloss over something that may in fact be very important.

5.      Be Specific.  Avoid using generalities.  For example, if you have experience in Bookkeeping use the phrase “QuickBooks”, if you have experience in Payroll use the phrase “Pay Systems” or “ADP”, or if you have experience with CNC use phrases like “Mazak” or “HAAS”.  These types of keywords or phrases will help an employer zone in on your areas of expertise.

6.      Include an Objective or Summary.  Correlate this with the type of position for which you are applying.  Even consider including elements from your own research regarding the position, company, and industry.

7.      Be Perfect With Spelling.  This may seem obvious, yet there are numerous misspellings that land resumes in the infamous circular file (recycling or trash).  Aside from doing a spell-check, have a friend read your resume and identify any inconsistencies.  Also, a great technique is to read your resume aloud.  A good rule to follow is:  “If it sounds funny, it reads funny.”

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