Whether you are looking for a better opportunity, find yourself suddenly unemployed, or you want to make a change; writing a resume and interviewing for a new job can seem overwhelming. However, writing a good resume and “acing” an interview, aren’t as hard as they seem! Key Personnel wants to share some helpful tips on what our recruiters look for in a good resume and during an interview.
Length Of Your Resume
A common thing you might hear when making a resume is that it needs to be lengthy and contain a lot of information. However, lengthy resumes are usually a bad thing. A good resume should only be one to two pages long, but no more than two.
Recruiters spend a large part of their time reviewing resumes, sometimes as many as hundreds a day. The longer a resume is, the more difficult it is for the recruiter to read through it, and the more likely they are to skip over it and go to the next one that is shorter and easier to read.
According to Glassdoor, on average, each corporate job offer attracts about 250 resumes, and recruiters only take an average of 6 seconds to scan each one!
For a recruiter, the shorter and easier your resume is to read, the more likely they will call you. You may have great work experience, but when you overcrowd your resume, it could prevent you from landing an interview! Try to find a short but descriptive way to get your skills and experience on the resume. When you get the interview, you will have the chance to elaborate on all of the rest!
What Do I Put On My Resume?
Your resume should have the following things: Full name and contact information, job history, education level, skill sets, and any personal or professional references from previous jobs.
When listing your job history, it is important that you give your job title, name of the company, how long you worked there, and 3-5 bullet points to describe your job duties. See example below:
ABC CORP. – Dallas, TX – 02/2018 – 10/2019
- Helped scan and pull orders with an RF scanner from the warehouse
- Drove a stand-up forklift and electric pallet jack
- Worked with a team of three people to ship out 1000 units a day
- Maintained 98% accuracy on all orders
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Why Does This Work?
Recruiters want to know where you worked, your job title, how long you were there, and what you did. If you only list part of this information, you could come across as careless or not putting enough effort into your resume. Also, when using bullet points, try to put at least 2 or 3, but no more than 5. Using too many bullet points can make the recruiter not want to take the time to read through them. A list of 3-5 bullet points is a good and easy-to-read number for most recruiters. This should also give you enough space to summarize all of your job duties. To sum up, short, sweet, and to-the-point works best!
Proper Spelling, Punctuation & Grammar
Grammar is a crucial part of your resume. A great resume could be completely overlooked simply because of a few writing mistakes. Leaving spelling and grammatical mistakes can make you come across as not detail-oriented, careful, or not taking pride in yourself. Most jobs require us to be detailed and accurate. Therefore, leaving mistakes on your resume can say to a recruiter “I don’t take pride in myself or my work.” This means you will, most likely, not get the interview.
We all know how difficult the English language is, even the best of us make mistakes. Once you have completed your resume, you will need to proofread it. Additionally, have others (especially hiring managers or recruiters) review it to make sure it’s ready to go!
References & Awards
Recruiters need to verify that what you put on your resume is true. Be proactive and add references to your resume, especially of previous managers/supervisors. Recruiters like to be reassured that you are a good and responsible employee, and if you provide good references it will help them see that. Additionally, be prepared to answer questions from recruiters as to why you left any of your previous jobs.
If you have received any awards at your previous jobs, be sure to list them either in one of the bullet points or at the bottom of your resume! Awards will show a recruiter that you take pride in your work and help land you that interview!
How To Prepare For An Interview
Acing an interview and landing a new job, starts long before the actual interview takes place. Once your resume looks top notch and you get an interview, here are some crucial but easy things to do in preparation for the interview.
Do Your Research: Learn about the company and the position you applied for, so you have a good idea of who they are and what they look for and expect.
First, make sure you know when and where your interview will take place. Then, check the maps to be sure you know how to get there and how long it normally takes. Lastly, set a reminder on your calendar or phone so you don’t forget. So many recruiters get a call right before an interview from candidates who are running late and are not ready. This will almost guarantee that you will NOT get the job
Make sure you arrive at your interview at least 15 minutes early and that you are in the door 5-10 minutes early. However, do NOT go inside more than 30 minutes early as it can make the recruiter feel rushed, especially if they have another meeting or interview in progress.
Not all jobs require you to wear a suit, but be sure to have a professional appearance. Make sure to wash, use deodorant, and have your hair done. Any facial hair should, either, be shaven or well-groomed, and your clothes should be clean and wrinkle-free. Studies show that many recruiters consciously make their hiring decision within the first 15 seconds of an interview, simply based on their first impression of you.
Know Who, What & When
Write down the name of the person interviewing you, the position you are applying for, and the time you are interviewing. If you walk in and say, “Hi. My name is Jane, and I am here for my 3 PM interview with Mr. Jones for the Material Handler position.”, you will come across as more prepared and confident.
What To Do During An Interview
Now that you have made it to the interview here are a few more helpful tips on what you can do as soon as the recruiter comes in to meet you.
A firm handshake (when offered) is extremely important. Regardless of gender/sex, a firm handshake from a candidate displays confidence, good intentions, eagerness, strength, and a feeling of trust to the recruiter. Additionally, and equally as important, always be sure to look the recruiter in the eye when shaking their hand.
Resume & IDs
When interviewing, you should have a few copies of your resume with you. Having extra copies of your resume will make you look more prepared because, in some cases, more than one recruiter/hiring manager will be in the interview. You should also, have at least two forms of identification with you in case they would like to start the hiring process with you or need to do a screening of some kind.
Most recruiters will ask you if you have any questions for them, so be sure to have some questions to ask. If the recruiter has already answered your questions say something like, “I did have a few questions before I came, but you have already answered them.” or “Not at the moment, but if I think of any, I will let you know.” Having questions about the job, company, benefits, expectations, etc. will show the recruiter that you have thought about the position and you came prepared.
With the number of resumes recruiters receive, chances are several people they interview will have similar qualifications and job skills as you. Most often recruiters hire people based not only on skills and experience but on personality and character. Let your personality show and be yourself! Answer questions and give explanations in a way that is professional but also shows who you are as a person!
In conclusion, we hope these tips have been helpful. Here at Key Personnel we genuinely want to help not only our clients but the people we work with and hire as well. If you find yourself unprepared or unsure of how to pursue a job, contact us and mention this article. We would be happy to accept your application and sit you down with one of our recruiters to give you the help you need to get hired! As a plus, if we have a spot that’s the right fit for you, we would be happy to make you part of the Key Personnel team! Our contact information is available here. Happy Job Hunting!
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