How to write a compelling resume

Over 80% of the resumes sent out get 20 seconds from potential employers. What can you do to make yours stand out?

Someone once said that if you want to get what you want you must help people get what they want. When you start looking for a new job the only thing that you care about is to work for a better company, for a bigger salary and at a higher level of hierarchy. In other words all we care about is our own needs and personal success. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this. As the CEO of our life we are responsible for advancing our careers and getting the success that we deserve.

However there is one obstacle between you and the dream position that you’re aiming at and that obstacle is the recruiter who receives, selects and interviews candidates.

Let’s change the perspective a little bit and rather than perceiving the recruiter as our enemy let’s help him be successful and maybe in return he’ll give us a hand to become successful as well.

So ask yourself, as a candidate, how could you possibly help the recruiter be successful?

The answer is quite simple if we try to put ourselves in their place. Recruiters are individualswhose job is to find qualified candidates. They want to find them as easy and as rapidly as possible. They also want to prove to their bosses that they get the job done efficiently and bring positive results. Their success is measured by the rapidity with which they manage to bring in valuable new hires that will contribute to the company’s growth.

Therefore if you want to give them a helping hand you have to show them that you can be such a valuable candidate. And the first step is to write a compelling resume.

Recruiters are very busy people so help them read your resume as quickly as possible. Your resume shouldn’t be more than two pages. Format it so that relevant information is easy to find.

Recruiters are looking for a certain candidate profile. You don’t need to be a human resources specialist to realize that if you are applying for a sales position the recruiter will look for your sales results and if it’s a PR position they’ll be looking at the events you’ve organized. Try to presume what kind of candidate profile they may be looking for. Clues to such a profile are included in the hiring ad so show them the profile they’re looking for by outlining your previous experience.

Recruiters are not looking for your previous job descriptions, they are looking for real people, people who brought results so quit putting your previous job descriptions in your resume. Instead try giving details about the projects you were involved, the results you got, the initiatives you took.

Recruiters want candidates with a personality and you can pass on some of your personality to your resume. Include a professional objective on your resume showing that you are passionate about your field, expressing your desire to develop yourself professionally and to contribute to the company’s growth.

Recruiters are not interested in personal stuff. Contrary to popular belief personal info do not bring any additional value to your resume. At least not until you convince the recruiter that you fit the candidate profile that they’re looking for.

Recruiters are looking for experienced candidates so 75% of your resume must give details about your experience. Your resume must convey credibility and expertise. Recruiters want to feel that you have the skills and experience to cope with the challenges of your new job.

So put all these things on your resume and prove that you are a first-class professional. 

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