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Tips for Writing a Fabulous Resume

April 13, 2012

We are always told that a resume is your key to displaying your background and your information. There are many different styles and formats that people use. Some may be better than others. A study done by TheLadders examined the eye movements of recruiters and what they spend the most time looking at. They used a scientific technique called “eye tracking” which monitors the eye-movements of a person when looking at a document or object. This research found that on average, recruiters take six seconds before they make a decision if you are a ‘fit’ for the job or not.

This study shows that recruiters typically look at your name, current title and company, current position start and end dates, previous title and company and education. It was also cited that recruiters also are more pleased with clear and concise resumes, rather than those with more writing and clutter.

Here is an example of two resumes and where recruiters tend to spend more time looking at:

Some tips for writing resumes:

  • Keep it simple. There is no use in making your resume all fancy with fonts, pictures or on colored paper. Once a recruiter receives your resume, it gets directly photocopied and if this isn’t possible because all of the fancy paper, it will go straight into the trash.
  • Create clear headings for each section. This will make the resume more appealing to the eye and easier to find information. Many recruiters are looking for specific information and when this is clearly laid out, they will more likely put your resume in the “fit” pile.
  • Highlight your accomplishments in your jobs. Instead of just stating job descriptions, describe accomplishments and benefits that you achieved when working there. Anyone can look up a job description of a position, but recruiters want to know what accomplishments you had while there. It is also a good idea to quantify your progress throughout the job.
  • Make sure your objective is clear. Use words from the job description to write your objective. Now days, resumes are being scanned electronically or by personnel and if your objective doesn’t contain the necessary words they will set your resume aside.

If you have any other tips, feel free to share!


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