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A resume is an extremely important part of the job search because it forms the first impression for a hiring manager. When looking for a new career you want to make sure that you build a top-notch resume to highlight your skills and work experience. To help you design the perfect resume we have consulted with expert resume builders about this recruiter resume sample. Take notes of the mistakes and how to fix them so that you can avoid making the same ones.
Clean Up and Shorten Summary Section
This section is too long and includes information that is unnecessary. Consider a summary like this instead. Summary: Experienced professional with strong leadership and relationship-building skills. Broad industry experience including health care, finance, and legal. Excellent at juggling multiple tasks and working under pressure. Have a wealth of experience in different recruiting aspects such as management, cold calling, strong verbal communication, and territory sales. This improved summary is shorter, with only four lines. It also highlights past experience and lists a few skill sets as well as personality traits. Listing all qualifications (and without commas separating each one) is messy and too much information in this section.
Break Up the Highlights Section
Listing highlights and skills is important, but there should only be a maximum of seven to eight bullets per column. This section can be broken down into highlights and skills so that it is easier to read. Some of the core qualifications that were originally in the summary section can be included here. Highlights
Experience Should Be in Past Tense
When listing work experience, the information should be in the proper tense. Highlights of a current job should be listed in present tense, while prior jobs should be listed in past tense.
Use Fewer Bullet Points Under Work Experience
When highlighting work experience, there should only be five to eight bullet points per position. Instead of listing every job or duty within the position, focus should be on areas of increased responsibility, specific achievements, and contributions. This makes it easier to read, and if a hiring manager is just skimming the resume the most important items are more likely to be noticed.
Use Full Sentences When Listing Work Experience
While shorter explanations are easier to read, work experience points should be in full sentence form. The majority of the experiences listed under Human Resources Generalist were short explanations. They should be expanded a bit, and each bullet point should end with a period.
Vary the Words Used
When listing work experience, you should start each bullet with a strong action word, and vary them from one point to another. Builds’, Prepares’, Analyzes’, Provided’, and Ensures’ were all used multiple times. Along with using past tense, different words should be substituted. Assembled, organized, evaluated, offered, and guaranteed are all possible options.
Be Direct About Work Responsibilities
Under work experience, especially the Operations Manager Position, there were a couple of statements that were wishy-washy. Hiring managers are looking for strong individuals who list their experiences in a direct way. WRONG: May be directly or indirectly involved in one or more of the following activities: staffing, training, development, goal setting, and performance evaluations. RIGHT: Directly participated in the following activities: staffing, training, development, goal setting, and performance evaluations. WRONG: Responsibilities may include some or all of the following: Interviewing, hiring, and training employees. RIGHT: Responsibilities included interviewing, hiring, and training employees. You can apply everything you learned in this recruiter resume sample to your own application. Create your own standout resume with LiveCareers Resume Builder.