Story By: Megan Anderson, Staff Writer
Studies find recruiters look at a resume for mere seconds. If that’s the case, the big question is “how do I make mine stand out?”
A customized resume is key, according to Lisa Duke, Assistant Director of Wright State University’s Career Center.
"Take the time and energy to customize it to the opportunity." said Duke. "Recruiters can tell right away if you are sending a resume that isn’t relevant to their opportunity and it goes into the ‘no’ pile immediately"
"Students should always pay close attention to the details in the job posting," said Alex Taylor, Assistant Director of Workforce Development for Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts. "Keywords are typically the buzzwords, desired skills, and experiences that are apparent in the post. Use the keywords from the job description and create bullet points that align with the employer wants."
In fact, it can be in the ‘no’ pile after just 6 seconds. That’s the average length of time recruiters spend looking at a resume according to a study by job matching site TheLadders. Their advice for a more thorough look is to have “a clear visual hierarchy and present relevant information where recruiters expect it.”
“Less is more,” certainly applies here. While some are tempted to write long, detailed resumes, the ones that recruiters prefer include only relevant information delivered from most important to least important on the page.
"Employers are not concerned about the amount of activities that you have completed." said Taylor. "They want to know about your strengths, achievements, and your transferable skills that can be used within their organization"
TheLadders’ study showed that recruiters are drawn to headlines. Those often include things like education, work history, and awards. It can be tricky for a student, without a lot of relevant work experience, to know what headlines to focus on.
"Education is very important and, in many cases, a new grad’s most marketable asset." advises Duke. "However, if extracurricular activities show leadership, community engagement, or other experiences employers value, they should be included."
Other tips that Duke and Taylor offer include:
Students who are looking to improve their resume, or create one for the first time, can receive help at the Wright State University Career Center located in the Student Union or contact their advisor for direction within their college.
Story Edited By: General Assignment Editor Julian Anguiano
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TheLadders study photo from https://cdn.theladders.net/static/images/basicSite/pdfs/TheLadders-EyeTracking-StudyC2.pdf
Pie Graph from http://staffingtalk.com/recruiters-weigh-in-on-resumes