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5 Tips To Impress Recruiters With Your Resume

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5 Tips To Impress Recruiters With Your Resume

In spite of the rise of social media and the increasing exposure to job listings and online job applications, preparing an ideal resume can be cumbersome. More than often, drawing the attention of the recruiters through a competitive resume becomes a challenge.

On the other hand, recruiters complain that job seekers are not quite able to project their capabilities through their resumes, resulting in many competitive candidates’ resumes landing in the virtual trash. A resume is your marketing communication and it presents you to your prospective employer for the first time.

Here are 5 handy tips to create the perfect resume for your perfect job.

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1. Attach a cover letter

This is probably the most important, but underrated, aspect of resume writing. Research claims that attaching a cover letter with your resume increases your chance of getting noticed by your recruiters. You could begin the letter by writing “Thank you for your consideration…” and provide a personalized summary of your experience and abilities.

You can then briefly talk about your strengths and why you think you are most suited to take on the role. Ensure that your vocabulary exudes confidence, a sign that you will get the job done.

2. Make the resume visually appealing

Recruiters make their first impression about you through your resume. It is imperative that you make your resume look appealing by making it symmetrical, balanced, and appropriately spaced. Use capital letters, boldface, bullets, underlining, and italics wherever required to highlight your achievements and experience.

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Include an objective section, summary, work history, training, and references. For this, you need a good resume templates. Consider making clean sections and a few subsections to effectively make your resume stand out. Bring uniformity and consistency and review your resume numerous times to maintain zero typographical, grammatical, or punctuational errors.

3. Ensure that your resume has all the necessary information in a chronological order

Your resume must have the following key information: your name, residential address, contact numbers, and email at the top of the first page, a list of the jobs held in reverse chronological order —including your designation, the name of the enterprise, the city, and the number of years you spent working with them.

Mention the details of your educational degrees with the highest degree first. Add a simple summary statement carrying your profession so that your recruiters do not have to go through the complete resume to acquire an understanding of who you are and what are your professional goals.

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4. Highlight your strengths and de-emphasize weaknesses

Lay emphasis on your strengths and your most impressive skills. Use power words and keywords to appear confident and professional. Words such as experience, management, project, development, business, skill, professional, knowledge, team, and leadership tend to instill more confidence in your abilities.

Refrain from using words such as me, myself, need, chance, develop, learning, and hard. Add clear and strong statements of accomplishments and quantify them wherever possible.

5. Make it concise and focused

It is believed that a perfect resume should be of a single page only, and that resumes of 1000 words were considered most competitive. However, if you can create a three-page competitive resume which will maintain your recruiter’s undivided attention, go ahead! Do what works.

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Keep your sentences as short and to the point as possible. Refrain from using numerous examples when one can suffice. Refrain from adding unnecessary details. You can consult with your peers from your profession and decide on the length of your resume.

Lastly, believe in your powers and aspirations. Your confidence in your abilities will automatically exude in your resume and your passion to pursue a greater future will leave a lingering impression on your recruiter’s mind.

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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