May 13, 2020 - 05:12 PM
Let's dive a little deeper on the topic of creating an eye-catching resume. "Once I dig in, I'm looking for relevant titles and skills that align with the role I’m trying to fill. I like to see concrete examples of actual work/projects they’ve done and accomplishments," says Jamie Hichens, senior manager of talent acquisition.
In an eye-tracking study by The Ladders of hiring managers reading resumes, it was found that recruiters scan for job titles and subheads, which should be in boldface. They also like short, declarative statements, which are easier to process and therefore likely to be more memorable. Also, keyword relevancy is important and should appear in context – and not overdone simply to get it past applicant tracking software (ATS). "Keep in mind that a successful resume will ultimately have to be read by a real person," The Ladders report says.
Aug 12, 2018 - 11:14 PM
First, you need to put your most impressive skills and experiences at the top of the resume. If you can hook hiring managers in the first paragraph, then they will be more likely to read the entire thing. You also want to make sure your resume is not too long. Some people can get away with having a two-page resume, but if yours will be longer than one page, then you need to seriously consider whether every bit of information is vital.
You also need to keep the formatting simple. There is no need to get creative, or employers may stop reading if they cannot figure out what you want to say. You will also stand out more if you only focus on information that is relevant to the job you have applied for rather than personal details.