What do hiring managers look for on a resume

Resume Tips

It’s not always easy finding the best match for a vacant job position.  Hiring managers are bombarded with countless resumes and have such short time to go through them.  So what can you do to increase your chances of success of getting noticed?  You need to understand what employers and hiring managers look for on a resume.

Keywords

Keywords are an important part of any resume.  These technology-driven days we live in makes it particularly critical to disseminate which keywords will increase your chances of getting your resume through ATS (Applicant Tracking Systems).  Take the time to review each job posting you are thinking of applying to and try to find similar keywords, or relevant keywords that you can seamlessly incorporate into your resume, or cover letter.

Accomplishments

Reading a list of responsibilities is absolutely boring to anyone.  Your resume should include accomplishments, facts, and figures.  We already know that you were an assistant manager or an engineer, but so what?  What did you DO with your time?  What results did you create for your employer?  Make sure to integrate these accomplishments and quantifiable figures in a way that will capture the readers attention.  Numbers can be related to sales goals, efficiencies, savings for the organization, growth for the organization, reduction in turnover, number of people you managed or trained, etc.  You’ve worked hard, show the results of your labor.

Readability

It’s important that you clarify your message with clarity.  So many resumes we see are overly wordy, use too many abbreviations, too much industry jargon, etc.  When writing your resume, try to consider the reader; you don’t know how much or how little they know and the more clear the message the easier it will be for a hiring manager to understand.  Some resume writers suggest telling a story, others emphasize the use of bullet points, some incorporate both.  In either case, you want to answer the question of “what did you do in that role?” in as clear a manner as possible.  Don’t get hung up on technical details, they are rarely relatable.  Instead, describe the effect on the organization your technical contributions.  And in general, shorter is better.  Keep in mind your resume is a marketing tool designed to get you interviews.  You can go into more detail in the interview.

Obvious embellishments

Please don’t lie on your resume.  While it is generally acceptable to speak highly of yourself and your contributions, keep your message in the realm of reality.  Hiring managers and recruiters can often smell BS, and if somehow you slip through the cracks on false accomplishments, the truth will eventually catch up with you.  If you just can’t think of the right things to say about yourself, consider working with a certified professional resume writer, they can be pretty crafty with their words!

Time spent at each job

Employers do look at the time you’ve spent in each role.  While it is becoming more common to change jobs more frequently as a way to fast-track your career and earning potential, if you’ve struggled to hold several jobs for more than a year or two, this may raise some red flags.  There are some ways a resume writer can work with this to make it less obvious on your resume but you will eventually need to come to terms with this and consider how you can explain this to a hiring manager.

Formatting

Formatting is closely related to readability in the sense that you need to give consideration to the reader.  Make your resume as clean and organized as possible.  Make sure there is a good balance of text and white space so as to not overwhelm the reader with information. If you are going to write the resume yourself, make sure you select a format that is appropriate for you industry and seniority.  A recent college grad looking for his first full-time job is going to focus more on education, relevant experiences, extra-curricular activities, etc while a senior level tech industry manager will have more emphasis on the results of their professional experience, with much less emphasis on education.  Refer to our past posting about the components of a resume.

There are a lot of resources available to you if you want to write your own resume.  But do yourself a favor, invest the time to do it right.  Your resume can have a huge impact on your career.  If you don’t have the time to do it yourself, work with a professional resume writer, it’s worth it.

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!

Why Hire a Professional Resume Writer? I can do it myself.

Professional Resume Writing

We get this question very frequently: “why hire a professional resume writer?” So frequently, in fact, that we are making it the subject of our blog today.

I completely understand the question relating to why hire a resume writer. Anyone can do it. Yes! Even you with no experience, or 30 years of experience that is hard to put into words. If you want to move up within your company, find a new job, apply for a management position, transition careers, or jump back into the market after a 5+ year hiatus. These are all situations that we have seen, and written for – with GREAT SUCCESS!

Your ROI…

1. We communicate very actively with our clients, in all industries, across the US, and frequently get feedback as to what works and what does not in your industry. Your chances of landing interviews are significantly increased due to our continuous improvement, and ultimately, your success is ours. We need you to land interviews.

2. An up to date, well formatted resume should do more than just help you land interviews as well… it will help you gain leverage when negotiating salary as it will show you’ve invested time/energy into creating a focused resume, showcasing your best, most hire able skill sets.

3. If you want to move up within your company, guess where they will look first? A revisit to your resume that landed you the job in the first place. Stay ahead of the game, be ready to move up!

4. Formatting changes and evolves over time, as well as key words which can be input into electronic software systems for hiring efficiency…all of this needs to be optimized. Ever seen a resume from the 80’s or 90’s? I bet it doesn’t look like a freshly updated resume. Also, remember you have LinkedIn, which is becoming more and more relevant every day to hiring managers.

5. We know you can do it, but we can write a resume efficiently and effectively. How much time do you want to spend finding formatting, verbiage, and industry tips? Your time is valuable.

6. We love what we do! So much in fact, we made it our business. We write professional resumes to help you grow professionally.

Bonus Tip!  If you decide not to hire a resume writer and want the challenge of writing your resume yourself there are plenty of products available to assist you with formatting suggestions and content creation.  Make sure you consider what a hiring manager wants to see in terms of content.

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Power Writers USA wants to know what you think of this, and other blog articles we post.  Your career change is unique and PWU is here to help you along the way with Resume Writing Services, Cover Letter Writing, CV’s, LinkedIn Profiles Updates, and more.  Contact us now for a free consultation and resume evaluation!