Resume Building and Landing an Interview
The online job search has made it a necessity to have an organized and tailored resume to land an interview. Companies are increasingly using software to narrow down their applicant pool, and although you may be qualified, the software could potentially eliminate you as a potential hire. Even with software, recruiters are still going through hundreds of applications. In this article we at blueStone Staffing are going to share some tips and tricks on how to customize your resume so that recruiters notice you; so, you can land that job interview, and the job.
Quantify, Quantify, Quantify!
A recruiter sorts through endless resumes. You can help yours stand out with specific examples of work experience, with lots of numbers. Consider a Social Media Manager’s resume. The original description that this manager has reads: “led a team to increase engagement with product and gain brand awareness.” In order to quantify this example, we could instead say “Led an interdisciplinary social media team of 10 to a record social media follower growth of 1,000,000 new followers in the span of two months.” In this example, we include how many people we have led in the past, how rapid the follower growth was with a specific follower count number, and then demonstrate the short time span we achieved this goal. These numbers are much more eye-catching and impressive compared to a description lacking them; and offers the recruiter a more holistic view of the skills the candidate has to offer.
General Formatting Tips
Be sure to list your most recent and relevant experience first. Your most recent jobs and experience should sit at the top of the resume, with your older experience following later down on the page. Again, recruiters go through many resumes a day and listing information that is most relevant first helps them find you faster! For college students and recent graduates, it’s important to have easy-to-find education info at the top of your resume.
The general rule of thumb is to try and limit resumes to one page. However, for professionals who have been working for many years, this could be very hard. Solutions to this problem include tailoring your resume to the job you are applying for; don’t include your make-up artist experience in a resume for a finance role. Save each version though; don’t just keep updating the same running document. This is an easy way to forget about past experience that may be relevant to include for future jobs.
Landing an Interview
Resumes help get you interviews, but there are other methods you can use to stand out. The first one is simple and easy, reach out to them! Recruiters are constantly looking for qualified individuals and reaching out to them makes their job much easier. If reaching out through LinkedIn, make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile match up. Your LinkedIn profile is essentially an online resume and having it complete also shows recruiters that you are an accomplished professional. A great resume and LinkedIn profile can put you ahead of the rest and help you land a job interview (and hopefully even the job!).
blueStone Staffing is a Certified Woman-Owned IT Staffing Company. We were founded in 2002. One of North America’s premier staffing firms, we assist mid-tier to Fortune 500 clients. We find talented candidates that can help complete your project on time and within budget. Our company is transforming the staffing industry. blueStone has excelled over the last 19 years, becoming the vendor of choice for many of the Fortune 1000 companies located in the United States. We hope to be the consultant that you trust your professional IT project needs to! We will surround you with meaningful attention. Our team creates long-term relationships with our clients, candidates, and associates. In brief, we help great people execute their vision.
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