Does Your Resume Appeal to Recruiters and Hiring Managers?

It is important that your resume respond to the needs that employers are seeking responses to. A generic resume may work in some cases, but in most cases, your resume needs to be tailored to the types of positions you are seeking to fill. It needs to show your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) as they relate to the jobs you are pursuing. Most importantly, it needs to show hiring managers and recruiters that you are qualified to do the job. Why would hiring decision makers want to waste their time reviewing resumes for unqualified candidates? Make sure your resume does not go to the “unqualified” pile.

It is quite surprising how many job seekers apply for jobs they have no business applying for. They use resumes that are outdated, incomplete, poorly written, and plain boring. You have to give recruiters a reason to get excited about your resume. By gaining their attention, not only will they want to learn more about you, but they will be very excited about referring you to hiring managers. Think of recruiters as the middle people that sell you to hiring managers. Without their buy-in, your resume goes nowhere.

Many job seekers apply for jobs without even reading the job descriptions. They often blindly apply based on job titles, without even reading the job details. Not only do they fail to make sure they are qualified to do the job, but they also do not take the time to ensure their resumes have addressed all of the job requirements. Don’t waste your time applying for jobs using a poorly written resume that does not sell you well. This is a sure bet way of never hearing back from recruiters. Why should a recruiter respond to an unqualified job seeker? Here are some tips to help you get the attention of recruiters:

  • Make sure your resume is easy to read and follow so that recruiters spend less time trying to figure things out.
  • Be sure to maintain adequate white space so your resume does not appear cluttered.
  • Include a summary that sells your overall abilities and show how you can help the organization.
  • Add skills that can be easily identified by recruiters so they don’t have to dig too deep to see what you can do.
  • Keep your resume at no more than 2 pages to not bore or lose recruiters’ attention.
  • Use language that is clear, concise, and easy to understand.
  • Check your grammar and spelling.

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Resume Appeal to Hiring managers