Friday, October 1, 2010

Make Your Resume Hiring Manager-Friendly: Focus On Convenience

Article Title: Make Your Resume Hiring Manager-Friendly: Focus On Convenience
Author Byline: Cathy Eng, CARW, Owner of Resume Rocketeer, Inc.
Author Website: http://www.resumerocketeer.com

When it comes to sending resumes to potential employers, convenience is of the utmost importance. It is true that hiring managers typically spend 10 to 30 seconds scanning a resume for relevant information. Making it easy for employers to find vital information may make the difference between you and another equally qualified job seeker.

Whether they are are searching for relevant experience or looking for an easy way to contact you, they should not have to dig through your resume to find what they are looking for. Here are some tips for making it easy for employers to find information on your resume:

- Keywords, keywords, keywords. Most medium and large employers use applicant tracking systems to sift through and find job seekers that meet their needs. Using specific words in your resume will help you get noticed. To know what keywords to use, look carefully through the job posting for hard skills (e.g. computer softwares) and soft skills (e.g. customer service abilities) that the employer is specifically looking for.

- Trash the objective. Employers are not concerned with what you want, but what you can do for them. Instead, make it easy for them to know your skills by presenting a quick summary of qualifications that covers your best skills and experiences. A common title for this section is "Summary of Qualifications".

- Make your dates of employment easy to find. If they need a candidate with at least 10 years of accounting experience, make that information stand out from the text – literally. You can even state in your introduction, “Accounting professional with more than 10 years of experience…” You can also make your employment dates right-justified, which makes the dates stand out among the other text.

- Make accomplishments stand out by bolding them. If you saved your last company money or improved efficiency, be proud and make it stand out! For example, bold the sentence, "Saved more than $50,000 annually by outsourcing customer service operations." These words will pop out at a hiring manager who is looking for proof that you are qualified for the job.

- Make your email easy and professional. Specifically if your resume is in print, employers do not want to send an email to snowbunny97394@email.com. Choose an email that is some variation on your name and has as few numbers as possible so it is easy to transfer correctly into the “To” field of an email. It is also important to present a professional sounding email to match a professional image.

Don’t hide your qualifications in your resume; it will just end up in the trash. Try to look at it through an employer’s eyes. Write down several up-front qualities you would look for if you were the hiring manager for your potential position. Then look at your resume. Do you meet those expectations? If not, perhaps it is time for a resume makeover.

Article courtesy of the Recruiting Blogswap, a content exchange service sponsored by CollegeRecruiter.com, a leading site for college students looking for internships and recent graduates searching for entry level jobs and other career opportunities.