How to Make Recruiters Read Your Entire Resume

  | Jennefer Brunetti

Recruiters are often swamped with tons of resumes they’re expected to read. Not every resume is going to go into the coveted “yes” pile, but the ones that do were read in their entirety. If you want a recruiter to completely hear (or in this case read) you out, you might want to change the way you approach the resume writing process. By knowing what a recruiter’s process is like, you’ll be able to optimize your goods and improve your odds.

Keep It Short

A recruiter doesn’t have more hours in a day than you do. When they have a ton of resumes to read, the longer ones aren’t going to get their full attention. A long resume is overwhelming, and most of the information it contains probably won’t even make a difference. Try to shorten your resume as much as you possibly can. If the whole thing is only one or two pages, a recruiter is much more likely to be willing to read it from beginning to end.

Use the Right Keywords

Go back to Gumtree and give the job description another read. Look at all of the important keywords that were used in the job description. Can you incorporate those keywords into your own resume? Give the list of qualifications another browse, and boost your relevant experiences and credentials to the top of your resume. Recruiters are telling you exactly what they’re looking for, and as long as you’re being honest, you’re going to grab their attention the quickest by showing them that you have it.

Make it Clear Why You Want the Job

So many people randomly toss out resumes as if they expect they’re going right into the abyss. These people who are aimlessly applying for positions are crowding out the people who are genuinely interested in the jobs available. Your cover letter should be short and to the point, and the core thing you want to address is why you want the job you’re applying for. Keep your cover letter to a single paragraph, two paragraphs max. If you’re direct and to the point, they’ll read your whole resume with enthusiasm.

Tailor Your Information

You probably have tons of experience you’d like to include on your resume, but how much of that experience actually has anything to do with the position you’re applying for? Your internship at a tech startup probably won’t help you land a position as a chef at a five star restaurant, so there’s no reason to put that down. Quality counts over quantity on a resume. Your recruiter is only going to scan quickly for vital information, and you can’t afford to have the relevant stuff obscured by details that might not actually help you get the job.

Check it Twice

Recruiters are programmed to look for errors and inconsistencies. If they see these things, they’re going to act as red flags against your resume. If you have misspellings, grammatical errors, or dates that don’t match up, a recruiter is going to have a difficult time taking you seriously. If something on your resume requires a lot of clarification to make sense, it’s probably best to omit it entirely. As trivial as it may seem, these mistakes will largely affect a recruiter’s first impression of you.

However you formulate your resume, just make sure it’s tidy, accurate, and concise. Recruiters will be appreciative of the considerations you made for them, and they will in turn be more likely to make the same considerations for you.

Author's Bio: Jennefer is all about providing useful content and sharing her experiences. With a background in business administration, she’s most interested in entrepreneurship & job market trends.

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