Resume Building and Landing an Interview

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The online job search has made it a necessity to have an organized and tailored resume, for every job that you apply to. 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.  

Organizing your resume

Quantify, Quantify, Quantify!  

A recruiter is going through copious amounts of resumes, and something that will make yours stand out are specific examples of work experience; with numbers. For practice let us workshop 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

One of the most important things to keep in mind when formatting resumes is that the most recent and relevant experience should be listed first in your resume. This means that your most recent jobs and experience would be listed 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! It should also be noted that for college students, and recent graduates it’s important to have education information at the top of your resume where it is easy to find.  

Resume Length

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 prove to be difficult. Solutions to this problem include specifically tailoring your resume to the job you are applying to; for instance, if applying for a finance position, your experience as a makeup artist is not relevant to the position and thus doesn’t need to be included in your resume. It’s also important old versions of resumes are saved; don’t just keep updating the same running document, as this is an easy way to forget about past experience that may be relevant to include in future resumes.  

Landing an Interview

Landing an interview has a lot do with a tailored resume, however there are other strategies to get noticed by recruiters that could help you land one. The first one is simple and easy, reach out to them! Recruiters are constantly looking for qualified individuals and if you reach out to them, their job is made that much easier. If reaching out through LinkedIn, make sure that current resume experience lines up with the information that is on your LinkedIn. It is also important to note that your LinkedIn profile is essentially an online resume and having it complete is also a great indicator to recruiters that you are an accomplished professional. A great resume and LinkedIn profile can put you ahead of the game, and get you noticed by recruiters; and potentially even help you land an interview (and hopefully the job!).   

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