The information below are opinions provided by Vertex Talent Solutions and does not guarantee success in gaining employment
Many of the people we work with have questions about their resumes regarding structure, content, style, etc. It seems everyone has an opinion on how to create a resume; so here are some of opinions based on over 13 years of recruiting experience.
- The length of your resume is determined by the amount and relevance of your work experience. As a general guideline your resume shouldn’t exceed 3 pages.
- Technical resumes: We suggest you have a summary of your technical skills at the beginning of your resume. This provides a snapshot of your general skills and knowledge and keeps the reader interested. It also aides the recruiter/hiring manager in finding you when they are searching their databases for candidates.
- Be sure to list accomplishments and projects you participated in for each of your past employers. This helps to further demonstrate your value and how you can help your next employer.
- Attention to detail is very important to employers and can cause a manager to keep looking at other resumes if they find an error(s). Make sure to check punctuation, grammar and dates on your resume.
- Customize your resume for the position(s) you are applying for. This helps to make your resume more relevant and stronger for the position you applying to.
Some of these tips may seem basic, but based on our experience, they are areas that many candidates overlook and can affect the level of interest of a hiring manager/company.
Before the Interview:
- Read the website: Hiring managers and recruiters like to see that a candidate took the time to learn about the company.
- Internet Search: Use one of the many search engines to find general information on the company. You can use this information in developing your questions and during the interview. Be sure you use relevant and appropriate information in your questions and interview.
- Read the job description: If you have access to the job description make sure to spend some time reading it so that you can anticipate the questions from the recruiter/hiring manager which will help you prepare your answers. Also, it allows you to identify areas of your experience to highlight and develop questions to ask.
- Take the recruiter seriously: It has been our experience that sometimes candidates don’t take the initial phone interview with the recruiter seriously. Often times this is because candidates don’t feel the recruiter is going to be technical enough to conduct an interview. This can be a significant mistake because the recruiter will share their experience with the hiring manager and if it is negative, it may end the interview process at that point.
- Ask questions: Recruiters and hiring managers prefer candidates to ask questions because it helps to demonstrate your understanding of the position and shows your interest. Also, asking questions helps you learn more about the position which will help to determine your interest level. It is a good idea to write down your questions prior to the interview.
- Dress for the Interview: Our general guideline is “professional dress” for interviews. In other words, a suit or something comparable. If you know the company is on the casual side you may want to ask it is appropriate to dress in a different manner.
- Waiting for the interview: The behavior a candidate demonstrates while waiting in the lobby can have a strong influence on the outcome of the interview. Be polite and respectful to the receptionist, security guard, or whomever is assisting you in the lobby.
- After the Interview: Send a thank you email. It may seem old fashioned but many recruiters and hiring managers take a positive note when they receive a thank you email and/or card.
As we mentioned earlier, these are only suggestions base on our experience over the years. There isn’t a magic bullet to securing a new job but there are ways to improve your chances. Thank you for your time and good luck with your job search.