When you create your resume, you should consider your audience.
Your resume will be read by hiring managers and recruiters who stand between you and your next job. It’s important to know what makes them tick.
We poured over surveys and research papers to put together a by-the-numbers guide on hiring managers and recruiters that offers help in getting that interview. This is what we found.
If you want to impress the hiring manager, improve your interpersonal skills.
Hiring managers and HR professionals are selecting candidates for their emotional intelligence (EI) rather than IQ:
In the interview, hiring managers want to hear how you've managed conflict and learned from mistakes.
Managing conflict (69%) and learning from mistakes (68%) were most valued by hiring managers as very important qualities to highlight during your interview, followed by your answer to the following questions:
They will ask you about your greatest strengths.
These are the top five things they want to hear about:
And when you're waiting for the call back after an interview, keep in mind the modes of communication are changing.
Recruiters are increasingly likely to text candidates rather than email or call.
Two-thirds (64%) of workers who received a text message from a recruiter after an interview said they preferred this communication over email or phone call.
The majority of texts (95%) are read within the first three minutes of receipt and are responded to in an average of 90 seconds.
Other things never change: Personal connections are still the No. 1 source for getting an interview.
Recruiters are most likely to find people through:
but not for executive candidates.
They’re most likely to be found via:
Ever wonder what gets on a recruiter's nerves?
Top complaints recruiters receive from employers:
Top complaints recruiters receive from candidates:
Ultimately, recruiters say their biggest challenge is simply finding enough good candidates.
Companies may be losing out on great candidates because they’re taking too long to make decisions.
Hiring managers are taking an average of 33 days between the interview and a job offer – an 84 percent increase from 2010 to 2018. Meanwhile, candidates are dropping off: There’s been a 16 percent decrease in candidates accepting offers.
The stats above help you get an interview by appealing to your primary audience: recruiters and hiring managers.
You may be more successful by:
- Enhancing your emotional intelligence (EQ). Highlight your EQ by mentioning soft skills (e.g., communication, collaboration) in your resume and cover letter.
- Preparing answers for common job interview questions. Knowing that interviewers want to hear how you’ve managed conflict, solved problems and learned from your mistakes, write down workplace stories that illustrate each point.
- Updating your LinkedIn profile, which remains a popular candidate pool for recruiters. Make sure your profile complements your resume and cover letter. All application documents should work in concert, not conflict, with each other.
In the end, better understanding what hiring managers and recruiters are looking for can help you get an interview . If you’re serious about your search, consider reading the other articles in our 2020 employment stats series, including:
- The key to writing an job-winning resume. The one-size-fits-all resume is a myth, and this stats guide ensures yours won’t get dismissed at first sight.
- Why surveys finding decades’ high job satisfaction fail to tell the whole story. The truth is more complicated, with low worker engagement and nearly half of employees unhappy with their pay.
- The story behind the record-low unemployment numbers. Job seekers say it’s easier than ever to find good work-and they’re feeling so emboldened they’re even ghosting companies.