How long would you guess it takes for a recruiter to review your resume and decide if it’s a fit?
Try 6 seconds, according to a research study by TheLadders.com.
In today’s competitive job market, that six-second review is more critical than ever. With the increase in bootcamp trainings, specialized degree programs and advanced degrees, several job seekers have similar backgrounds. How you present yourself on your resume could be the difference between a call back or a declined application.
So how do you make yourself stand out? Here’s a few tips from our team:
- White space. Make sure your resume doesn’t appear cluttered or difficult to digest. Use modern, simple fonts, bolded titles/headers and columns to organize information. If you’re a Designer, show your skills, but with simplistic design cues that don’t distract from your content.
- Get in touch. Clearly state your name and contact info at the top. Email Address, phone number and LinkedIn profiles are great. No need to put your full address.
- Clarity is key. Avoid the fluff and use clear and concise language to outline your responsibilities and (quantifiable!) achievements. Keep content focused on the most recent and relevant experience.
- SEO. Make sure your resume is optimized with keywords relevant to your industry, experience and most importantly, the position you’re applying to. Your skills should be searchable and easy to scan with skills related to the type of position you’re targeting. And remove any outdated technologies, even though you want to show you know how to use them.
About the author
Danielle Claiborne is a Sr. Creative Recruiter at Synergis. In her role, she focuses on UI/Visual Design jobs, Project/Product Management and Content positions, finding the right fit for contract and full-time roles with leading creative departments and agencies. Danielle has five years of creative recruiting experience and degrees in Advertising and Sociology from The University of Georgia. When she’s not recruiting, she likes to explore new restaurants and events in the city, snuggle with her baby boy and play with her pup, Chloe.