Resumes in Today’s Recruitment World

The majority of resumes submitted today are sent electronically either directly to company websites or posted to job boards and recruitment websites. Since staffing companies and recruiters receive hundreds of solicited and unsolicited resumes, it’s important to make yours one that will be selected for follow-up.

Steps to consider in preparing your resume include:

  • Keep it short and simple! It is not necessary to include your job objective on your resume, particularly if you include a brief cover letter or are applying for a specific position. Brief descriptions of key responsibilities from prior jobs are helpful; detailed job descriptions are not. One page resumes are preferable.
  • Apply keywords. Applicant-tracking systems scan resumes for keywords that match the company’s job descriptions. Scanners are limited in the number of words it reads. Therefore, it is preferable to use nouns instead of verbs: For example, “sales representative” is preferable to “generated sales” or “marketing assistant” is preferable to “prepared marketing materials”. Avoid abbreviations whenever possible. This includes using “bachelor of science” in lieu of B.S.
  • Use 1 to 1.5 inch margins on both sides.
  • Align all text to the left.
  • Use easy to scan, easy to read sansserif type font. Courier, Arial, Times Roman, Helvetica all are appropriate. Use a 12-point font as anything smaller does not scan well.
  • Introduce major sections of your resume with words in all uppercase letters. This typically works better than underlining or italics.
  • Limit listing of volunteer activities/ hobbies/interests to those that could potentially be related to the position for which you are applying. An exception may be made for those with limited work experience.
  • Do include relevant professional awards. Recent graduates may also include scholastic awards.
  • Do not include your picture.
  • After completing your resume, preview it to make sure it appears as you planned. Delete any out-of-place characters or indentions. Check and double-check spelling and word usage. Spellcheck does not always catch incorrect word usage.
  • Check your resume by e-mailing it to yourself or a friend at a different e-mail address to make sure it’s perfect. It’s recommended that you e-mail it to a “check” e-mail address using a different Internet Service Provider.

Julia Aguilar