Join J.T. O'Donnell for an in-depth discussion in this video Delight a recruiter with your resume, part of J.T. O'Donnell on Making Recruiters Come to You.
- All right, so you optimized your LinkedIn profile, and you got a recruiter to look at you. Guess what. Now they're going to want your resume. I know you're wondering, "Why? "They saw my LinkedIn profile. "Isn't that enough?" but it's not enough. They're going to need the resume not only to validate you, but they're going to have to be able to pass that on to the hiring manager, so we have to think about how to build a resume that's going to give that recruiter just what they need to keep you in the hiring process. So let's start at the very top. When we think about a resume, it should mimic as much of your LinkedIn profile as possible, so please don't put a really long-winded objective statement or a summary, something like that.
It's not going to get read. Also, be really careful with your language. People tend to get really subjective and flowery and overconfident when they're writing their resume. I don't know where this come from, but it's very old school. When you do that, it's sort of like nails on a chalkboard to a recruiter. When you say things like "I'm an innovative self-starter," you're really talking about yourself in a way that the recruiter doesn't appreciate. They want to be able to judge if you're those things. It's their job to evaluate you, so just stick to the facts. A great tip here is for you to take those 10 key skill sets in the endorsement section of your LinkedIn profile, and let's turn it into two columns that you could put right at the top of your resume.
The eye is going to be drawn immediately in, and the recruiter's going to be able to validate your experience. Now, keeping with that idea of validating the experience, let's move into the work history of your resume. It should absolutely mirror what you've done on your LinkedIn profile. Please don't have different titles, different explanations of the work that you did. That's very confusing. A recruiter's going to be handing that resume off to a hiring manager, and they've probably already described you in some detail to that hiring manager, so they're going to want that consistency there. Now, lastly, let's talk about the design of the resume because that's equally important.
If I'm a recruiter and I'm skimming your resume for about six seconds, my eye is actually going to work in a Z pattern down that resume, and so we need to think about the formatting in terms of the font and the spacing and even the margins in order to create the right effect. When it comes to your margin, you should never be smaller than .8 inches in a margin. What we're trying to do here is create a white space effect so that the eye is drawn in to the key points that you're putting on this resume. As far as the font goes, never go smaller than an 11 point font.
You shouldn't make it hard for me to read. I shouldn't have to squint to learn about you and your work history. There's one important design element that I want to share with you, and it has to do with the amount of content that you put in your resume. A lot of people think that they should put everything that they've ever done and that they should really try to make themselves sound bigger and more important. We call that yelling and selling, and it does not work. First of all, it overwhelms the recruiter. They can't possibly take in all that information. Secondly, if there's something on there that's missing, a recruiter might assume that you don't have a particular skill set because, gosh, you've put everything else on the resume.
If it's not there, you probably don't have it. You could actually screen yourself out by having too much information on that resume. The goal is to have just enough. Stick to the facts, create a lot of white space, entice me to want to pick up the phone and contact you and find out more about you. In fact, I tell job seekers this all the time. If a recruiter calls you and says, "Hi, I found you on LinkedIn and I checked out your resume, "but I need more information," you know you've done this right. You gave them just enough to want to connect with you. Then this is going to be your opportunity to share your personality, share your experience, really get them excited about the idea of putting you in front of the hiring manager, so remember less is more when it comes to your resume.
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