This is what Recruiters and Hiring Managers look for in a resume in 2019

This is what Recruiters and Hiring Managers look for in a resume in 2019


Recruiters take an average of six seconds to scan a resume. (TheLadders) So you got exactly 6 seconds to make that impression!

With hundreds of resumes being received for a single position by the hiring manager and recruiters, you need to really work on your resume to make it hook with the reader within those 6 seconds. For you to stand out the chance of progressing to the interview stage, your resume will need to communicate the genuine information in the most readable form.

On average, each corporate job offer attracts 250 resumes. Of those candidates, 4 to 6 will get called for an interview, and only one will get the job. (Glassdoor)


Keyword target your resumes

Before you apply for a job position, check the job description mentioned carefully. List down the skills required for that position. Then list down all your skills and knowledge based on your experience that matches with the job description. After you’ve created a list, shortlist the ones that are your strongest matches. Use these keywords in your resume to highlight your key skills.


No Exaggeration

Candidates keep it clear in your mind, employers understand and don’t expect you to possess every skill they desire. Therefore, it is advisable not to include keywords, skills, or experience that don’t genuinely reflect your abilities as a professional else hiring managers will walk away from your resume.

“57 percent of hiring managers said the most common lie they catch on a resume is an embellished skill set.” (CareerBuilder)


Overall career progression

A Hiring manager/recruiter looks for a connection with the resume. All they are interested in is in connecting with the story of your career growth. Make sure you express well the responsibilities you have handled so far in your career so that your resume convinces them why you’re applying for the position and you make a good fit. Highlight your previous job titles as it will also give the employer an idea of the type of experience you’ve had over time.


How you build your online presence

Before hiring, recruiters and hiring managers check your online presence as it gives them the opportunity to learn more about you as a candidate. Make sure you have a decent and professional LinkedIn profile, add a summary to it. Your LinkedIn profile acts as your resume so add all your key skills on it that you put in your resumes.

“73 percent of employers have hired a candidate through social media.” (Jobvite)


Layout & Formatting

While drafting your resume, make sure you don’t play with the layout and format of your resume and make it look more complicated. Keep it clear and consistent, containing only one type of font (bold can be used to highlight). Don’t stuff everything into a paragraph, use bullet points to outline key skills, achievements, responsibilities so that the hiring manager can pick them up in a glance.

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