With the onset of a new year comes a focus on self-reflection and improvement, which for many includes pursuing a promotion or career change. To this end, it is essential to present a professional, polished resume aligned with recruiters’ and hiring managers’ criteria for selecting interview candidates. Here’s why…
Resume, Interview, and Hiring Statistics:
- 5 to 7 seconds is the average time recruiters spend reviewing a resume
- 250 resumes are received on average for each corporate job posting
- 427,000 resumes are posted weekly on job search websites such as Monster.com
- 1,000 people see an online job post; 200 of those will start the application process; 100 will finish and submit an application; 75 applicant resumes will be reviewed by applicant tracking systems (ATS) or recruiters; 25 will be reviewed by hiring managers; 4 to 6 will be contacted for interviews; 1 to 3 will make it to the final interview round; 1 will be selected for the job; 80% of those offered the job will take it
(statistics quoted from “Why You Can’t Get a Job: Recruiting Explained by the Numbers, “ by Dr. John Sullivan of ERE Recruiting Intelligence, www.eremedia.com/ere/why-you-cant-get-a-job-recruiting-explained-by-the-numbers/).
Resume Tips for Success
How can you increase the odds that your resume will survive the initial round of review by either the discerning human eye or rigorous computer scanning software?
- Keep it simple: The layout should be easy to read, with clear section subtitles and bullet lists and a Sans Serif font (think Arial or Verdana) in size 10 to 12; avoid decorative fonts, distracting colors, and cramming too much information onto the page
- Streamline: Only include information that is relevant to the available position, current (go back 10 years), and high on your list of achievements; avoid mundane details and daily responsibilities to leave room for accomplishments that will get you noticed
- Prove it: Validate your accomplishments with specific details and results, such as projects, outcomes, solutions, and quantities
- Include key words: This is especially important with applicant tracking systems (ATS) that scan resumes for content relevant to the position
- Send it the right way: Save and send your resume in the format requested by the recruiter or hiring manager to ensure it opens properly; for example, some will request a Word document (saved in Word 97-2003, “.doc”), and others will require a PDF format (a locked document). Applicant tracking systems (ATS) usually prefer a Word 97-2003 document.
All About Writing is here to help with your resume writing needs. In addition, we also extend related services such as resume updates, cover letters, post-interview thank-you letters, references lists, bios, CVs, and LinkedIn profiles. We assist with every phase of the process, from assessing your strengths and brainstorming strategies through to writing, revising, streamlining, and proofreading content. Our in-person consultations and commitment to clear, on-going communication are extremely beneficial in developing effective content aimed at achieving each client’s goals.
For additional information on resumes, check out All About Writing’s other resume-related blogs, including…
- “Resume Content: Less Is More” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2016/06/resume-content-less-is-more/)
- “Why Should I Keep a Current Resume?” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2015/01/why-should-i-keep-a-current-resume-3/)
- “Top Five Resume Mistakes to Avoid” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2014/07/top-five-resume-mistakes-to-avoid/)
- “Choose the Most Effective Resume Format: Chronological, Functional, or Combined” (http://allaboutwritingconsulting.com/2013/11/choosing-the-most-effective-resume-format-chronological-functional-or-combined/).
Learn more about All About Writing and owner Christa Riddle at www.allaboutwritingconsulting.com. Remember, with All About Writing, writing help is just a call or click away! Call us today to schedule your free consultation and get your project underway. We are here to assist with any phase of the project.
-by Christa Riddle