Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Resume Straight Talk

I’ve taken on a new role at work that sees me do a lot of recruiting.

Here’s a few tips for you folks out there who may be thinking of getting a job, or are currently actively looking.

Your resume speaks volumes about you. Fudged truth is easily discovered in a pre-screen. The biggest red flag is when someone puts year ranges, without months. Spelling, grammatical errors all indicate either English is not the first language or sloppiness on the part of the candidate. Never ever lie about your degree; there are easy ways to authenticate a degree.

Format your resume. A recruiter receives about a hundred resumes each day. As corny as it sounds, yours should stand out. That being said a nice looking resume without any substance will not get you very far either. Here’s a great site on giving your resume a facelift. If your a marketing/advertising or creative person, make sure your resume reflects that attribute.

Recruiters Skim, so keywords are important. But don’t pick them out of the job posting. That’s too obvious. Think of what the job would entail and what you’ve done in the past and find a way to highlight those attributes and skills.

By far the best advice I can give you is to get someone to refer you. Referrals are given special attention. Someone’s vouched for them, which means I will screen them. This moves your application to the forefront of the recruitment process.

Hope you guys find this useful. And if you guys ever want any advice, leave me an email address.

14 comments:

Stephen Bess said...

Great advice. I did a major facelift on my resume before I got my current job. It made a world of difference. Thanks for this.

bitsandgiggles said...

Thank you! I feel like I'm constantly looking for a new job.

cooldestiny said...

Thanks for the advice ... and I am a marketing professional and my Resume is so dull! Thanks for the link.

Bush Babee said...

I think the average person would be amazed at the number of poor ways a resume can look.

And how easy it is to make them look good.

Peace.

GC (God's Child) said...

thanks
somebody needs to send out some resumes right now
btw
do you recommend sending them in the mail rather than e-mailing?

Jdid said...

i tend to overlook referrals to be honest. i'm more about the english and the no b.s.

going over resumes is super monotonous though

Crankyputz said...

GC, I don't any recruiter that recieves resumes by mail anymore, its all about the email, or job boards.

Ruthibelle said...

koolio

Radmila said...

Bleh.

The whole process is brain numbing...and people think that being interviewed is grueling...try doing interviews all day.

Abeni said...

cool stuff

Mad Bull said...

This might come in useful for me, actually. I am going to bookmark this post.

Stunner said...

Thanks CP, very good advise. Especially now when jobs are o scarce!

cool destiny said...

I found this great article on Yahoo about Interviews and your blog was the first place that came to mind!! Here it is:

http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-recruiter_roundtable_the_weakness_question-526

Pepper said...

ppl that have to recruit receptionists and those kinds of jobs must have it the worst too...i remember going voer a pile of my dad's incoming mail once and wonderin ghow the hell did he do it. i think i'd just pick someone out the first ten...