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How Recruiters Read Between the Lines of Your Resume

When it comes to job hunting, your resume is often the first impression that a recruiter will have of you. In fact, many recruiters will spend only a few seconds looking at your resume before making a decision on whether to consider you further or not.

For some, resumes are nothing more than a recitation of work history. They will be looking at a document that was written to focus on a specific target job, or perhaps hide a problem. Resumes get longer and more complex as there is more experience to draw on, and at the same time their very structure varies to accommodate the twists and turns that happen in every person’s half-century-long work life.

Being on the side of the recruiter, the most important thing is on how a candidate presents themselves in their resume. Resumes with complicated design or format have the possibility of being rejected since recruiters tend to have their judgment on unnecessary formats and details.

For hiring managers, the first thing they are looking at is the last role the applicant took. Some of the essential things they are taking into account are if the applicants were laid off, fired, or worked for how many months/years.

For fresh graduates, some recruiters look at the applicant’s role in academic organizations or events that they deem fit for the position.

Here are Some Key Points to Keep in Mind:

Recruiters typically read resumes quickly, looking for key information, specific accomplishments, relevant skills and experience, a well-formatted and visually appealing presentation, and a potential cultural fit. By keeping these factors in mind when crafting your resume, you can increase your chances of catching the attention of recruiters and landing your dream job.

While writing your resume, remember that you are addressing a wider audience. Given that active sourcing being a key method of hiring, it is important to have people on your network wanting to read your resume. At the very least there are two desks the resume has to cross for a successful outcome – the headhunter and the hiring manager.