Crafting the perfect resume is perhaps the number one thing you need to do when looking for a new job. Most of the time, your resume is the way you’re introduced to the employer. You need it to stand out and make you look great. If your resume doesn’t present you as the impressive professional you really are, there is little chance you’ll get the job.
Resume writing is an art, but an art that can be learned. Good resumes all do the same thing, despite the fact that they may look very different from one another. Crafting a good resume is done by pulling together all the right elements into one cohesive and impressive document. Most employers are essentially looking for the same kinds of things on a resume. All you need to know is what they would like to see (and what they wish you’d avoid doing).
1. A few seconds and it’s over
As nice as it would be to think that hiring managers have plenty of time to look over resumes — and to really go through each one thoroughly — that just isn’t the case. Most hiring managers have tons of things to do, and that means they only have a limited amount of time for resume reading.
According to Monster, recruiters spend about six seconds scanning your resume before making a decision. This means if you don’t grab their attention within the first few seconds of them looking at your resume, it will likely end up in the trash. Focus on a few attention grabbing facts or achievements that will catch their eye and make them want to read further.