8 Resume Tips 2014 from a Recruiter to get you noticed!

1. Contact Info: Be sure to list your contact information so we can reach you and please, for the love of Pete, create an email address that is somewhat professional. When I see a resume with sexykitten@, 420bong@, dirtydog@, etc. I don’t take you seriously. Come on- It’s easy. Create a new email account so I read your resume. Include a good phone number and your address as well.2. Be memorable but not obnoxious – Start with a brief summary of what you are looking for or an “objective” statement. Be specific yet concise. I’ve seen some incredibly outrageous intros on resumes – If it’s too over the top, it will likely be disregarded. One resume for a “Hannah” started out by stating, “My name is Hannah and they call me Hannah Banana”. Sure, I remembered it but I cannot say it was a fond memory.

3. Do NOT – I repeat, do NOT include a picture of yourself on your resume.

4. Skills: Next list the skills that you have that are specific to the field you are seeking to enter or the job you are applying for. Read through the job description posted (if possible) and use similar terminology to outline your skills. If you are not proficient with a skill, do not list it. A good recruiter will want to know how you obtained the skills so be prepared to explain with real-life examples.

5. Dates of Employment (I prefer chronological order): Include the start month and year and the end month and year, name of the company and your title. When you only list the start year and end year, I automatically assume your time with the company was brief. A resume that states 2012-2013 could be Jan 2012 to December of 2013 – close to 2 year OR it could mean Dec 2012 – Jan 2013 meaning 2 weeks to 2 months. Give yourself credit where credit is due and be prepared to explain  gaps in work history and jobs you worked at less than a year. I recommend including temporary or seasonal in your title if applicable to show you fulfilled your commitment and didn’t job-hop because of commitment issues.

6. Job Duties: When you detail your job duties, only explain the ones that are intricate. If you were a server at a restaurant, you don’t need to fully detail that you waited tables, cleaned tables, filled ketchup bottles, etc. Now, if you used special programs, please tell us you know how to use a POS system or any other specialized programs you may have learned otherwise you can simply list serving duties. If you work in IT for example, you will want to be more detailed to list specific programs and/or programming that you are proficient in.

7. Education: List your highest degree earned – If you have an Associates, Bachelors, etc., we know you graduated from High School. Be sure to list your graduation date and any specific classes you took that relate to the job you are applying for.If you have not graduated – list your anticipated graduation date and still outline courses completed that relate to the position you’re seeking. If you do not have a college education, I recommend listing your high school. You may want to know if you should list the year you graduated from High School. I say it depends on your age and work history. I have different suggestions on listing the high school graduation date depending on a few factors. If you have very limited work history because you recently (within 1-3 years) graduated from high school, I would list your graduation date. This would lead me to assume you have limited work history because you were a full-time student and I’ll give you a pass. If you have a work solid history to show or graduated more than 20 years ago, don’t list the date you graduated – it dates you.

8. References: Ah references…. You can choose to include references on your resume or simply mention “references available upon request” but be sure you actually have references available. Do your best to offer 3-4 work-related references. If you don’t have a supervisor’s personal number, a co-worker is a good back up. We don’t want to talk to your mom or your grandma – yes, they are probably very nice people but we don’t think they will give us an honest answer. Also, be sure to get approval from those you list as references prior to handing over their numbers to us. Nothing is worse than calling a reference that doesn’t remember you or prefers not to answer our questions. This will also alert them to call us back if we need to leave them a message. If they aren’t expecting our call, they likely will not get back to us quickly and it slows down you starting your new job.

These tips should help you with your resume writing and creating a direct resume that will get you noticed for the positions you really want. If you have questions or would like your resume reviewed, let me know by emailing me at shobi@referralstaffingsolutions.com.