You have a very small window to impress a recruiter with your resume. In fact, the average hiring manager spends only six seconds reading a resume before moving onto the next one. Here are some practical ways to enhance your resume so that you get more attention.
Mimic the Wording of the Job Description
Many employers now use an applicant tracking system (ATS) to streamline the hiring process. Often they’ll search an ATS for specific keywords based on criteria they’re looking for. One of the best ways to ensure they find your resume is to look at the wording of a job description and include some of the words that are used. For instance, you may want to change “warehouse loader” to “warehouse shipping clerk.” This takes a little bit of extra time, but should greatly increase your chances.
Eliminate the Objective
Most hiring experts now agree the traditional “objective” statement is out-of-date and unnecessary. An example would be something like “I’m a highly driven recent graduate seeking a long-term position…” The reason why it’s unnecessary is because employers already know you want to land a job, and it also takes up valuable real estate. So, get rid of it.
Make it Scannable
As we previously mentioned, there’s not much time to impress a recruiter. If your resume is tricky to read with big blocks of text without much separation, this will send most recruiters running. A better approach is to make it scannable and reader-friendly by breaking it down into logical sections as well as using sub-headers and bullet points.
Use Specific Numbers
Something that most hiring managers love to see is concrete numbers relating to your performance. So rather than saying you helped increase productivity at a previous job, you might say you helped increase productivity by 10 percent. This will give them a better idea of what you bring to the table and shows just how big of an asset you would be.
Finally, you’ll want to go over your resume and delete any information that recruiters already know. In other words, don’t state the obvious, and focus more on your unique achievements.
Having a rock-solid resume is vital in a competitive job market. Making a few key improvements like the ones mentioned here should help enhance it and increase your odds of landing an interview.