“Recruiters want to see what you have been working on recently … what you were doing 15 years ago will not help land the job.”
-Andy Hickey, Robert Walters recruitment
We know the secrets of a Killer Resume from a Hiring Manager
Put yourself in a recruiter’s shoes.
If you were faced with a stack of résumés what would you want? The ability to download all the info into your brain, the way that Neo from The Matrix gets plugged in and learns Kung Fu in about ten seconds?
Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work like that. In fact, research shows that recruiters take only six seconds to make their initial judgement on a résumé. If your résumé is screened by a computer first, it may not even get that far.
So, our job, when creating a killer résumé for you, is to make it really easy for the recruiter to spot the most important benefits you offer the employer.
We do the work, so they don’t have to.
What do we do?
1. Make sure your résumé is tailored to the job you are applying for
Generic résumés may be quick to submit, but far less effective. Better one excellent job application than three shoddy ones.
Researching the cultural norms of the organization is worthwhile and we do it for you.
2. Add keywords
After writing the résumé, we check it for keywords from the job description.
Keywords are gifts to you from the employer. We add them into the existing text so they flow naturally. This will help your résumé get past screening software and recruiters who are accustomed to searching quickly for these keywords.
3. Structure your résumé carefully
It is easiest for the recruiter if your key skills and background are summarized at the top. We make sure your current and most recent previous roles are on the first page.
Your education and qualifications are generally less important than your professional experience, so we put these later.
4. Show how your most recent two jobs are relevant
Recruiters will spend 80% of their time on your name, the company, job title, start and end dates for your current and previous companies, and finally your education.
If you are changing direction in your career, we will work even harder to draw out the skills and networks you are bringing from these last two jobs.
5. Demonstrate progress
We show the recruiter that your career makes sense. Tell a story that shows promotions and additional responsibilities as you delivered value to your employer.
6. Use CAR as a guide
CAR stands for Context, Action, Results. We use them as a mental checklist and keep the context short: just long enough for the recruiter to know what your job was. We spend the longest on what you actually achieved as a result of the actions that you took.
7. Show you are a rounded person
We include personal projects, sports or voluntary work that you participate in to flex about your all-rounder qualities.
8. Format for clarity
We make sure your formatting goes hand in hand with the résumé structure to ensure recruiters can spot the key information easily.
We create clear sections with easy-to-read, consistent headlines. Use an attractive font, which is also easy to read. And no, we don’t use Word templates.