Before going on with my list, I would like to bring something really important to the notice for all you job-seekers out there. A ‘Resume’ is NOT the same as a ‘Curriculum Vitae’ (CV)! Most of the time, people miss out on a job opportunity because they send a CV while the organisation asks for a resume (it happens more often than you think). Therefore, my foremost advice to you would be to be careful about what the concerned organsisation has asked for!
Also, recruiters spend an average of just six seconds scanning a resume before deciding if the candidate is worth calling in for an interview, according to research from ‘TheLadders’ (link available in the source below). Therefore, it becomes essential for you to fill your resume with exactly what the recruiter wants to see!
Okay, now that that cat is out of the bag, here are 4 Things a Recruiter Looks for in Your Resume:
1. Objective – The ‘Why’.
No employer would be willing to pay for somebody who wants to work with them just for the sake of it. A recruiter always ALWAYS initiates by reading about the objective or the reason for the applicant to apply for this job. As you begin your resume, a single line objective that best defines your passion for the job is of utmost importance.
Think of it as your first impression in front of the recruiter. If an employer believes that your objectives match with those of the organisation, you are assured to get a follow-up call for the next round of interviews or better yet, for the job!
2. Company Recognition- The ‘Where’.
Whether they agree to it or not, job recruiters are always drooling over applicants coming from big, famous brands. Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not as if you can’t get the job just because you worked with a not so famous company before. However, if you are coming out of a corporate giant such as Flipkart, the recruiter will most definitely presume that you can work with national/international production levels and thus would prove to be a valuable asset for the company.
The firms work on a series of well-educated assumptions based on a few “patterns and trends” that have become visible throughout the years in the candidates coming out of reputed companies.
3. Recent Job – The ‘What’.
A recruiter is always interested in knowing about what your most recent job/ role in the respective organisation was of? Why would you be willing to leave that job? For how long were you with the organisation? Were you ‘laid off’ or ‘fired’? All the information is important so as to judge whether you will prove to be just the right fit for the job. If you have been skipping from one job to another regularly, it is most likely to be taken as if you are not looking for a long-term career with their firm as well! So why should they have you?
While a particular office/role is similar for all the organisations, the differences may surface due to the type of the organisation itself! For example, the position of a content writer for a sports channel requires to include the statistical analysis and numerical data related to the various participating teams. On the other hand, the content writer for a more creativity-based organisation like a fashion brand, would require to talk about topics based on categories such as what was/is trending during a giving style era (eh! I am shooting arrows in the dark here! Don’t know squat about fashion!).
4. Overall Experience – The ‘How’.
You might have come out of the marketing sector of say… Jaguar (which means you must be having a lot of experience, eh?). But the recruiter sees if the particular candidate has the potential to grow and be able to adapt to their ‘tools of trade’! Is the person’s experience apt for the post they are being offered? Is he willing to take up additional responsibilities? And if he is, how (in what ways) will the candidate deal with these additional responsibilities.
Note: This is also the very reason why the interviewers ask the weirdest of questions that you may think have absolutely no relevance with regard to the position you are applying for.
So, there you go. Resumes are supposed to be short (1-2 pages at max.), brief summary of your professional life. It is, as Karon Thackston describes it “an advertisement” of you. Therefore, you need to put in exactly those points in it that will make you look like the top item there is, that a company would be glad to have!