Over the last few months I discussed ways to develop and improve your resume presentation. Topics included Keys to a Strong Resume Summary to Body Language during a Tech Interview.
The following highlights some of these discussions:
· August 26, 2015 – Keys to a Strong Resume Summary
o Your resume summary should summarize your entire resume.
o The summary should use keywords that recruiters will see during a keyword search.
· September 8 – Know your Audience
o Make sure that you have the skills required to meet the needs of a job requisition.
o Feel great about going to work, it will show in your confidence.
· September 15 – A Tech Resume Needs More
o Provide enough details in your resume that your technology strengths are transparent.
o Highlight some of your accomplishments from every tech project.
· October 6 – From Tech Resume to Tech Interview
o Your resume needs to reflect your ability and passion to contribute.
o Understand that it’s a process to share information.
· October 13 – 106 Tech Interviews in 2 days
o Searching for candidates is about finding a great fit.
o Experience is required, but the desire to learn, adapt, and apply knowledge stands out.
· October 21 – When you have 48 hours to hire Tech
o Workforce planning will affect your opportunities.
o Maintain connections with recruiters by attending social events.
· October 28 – Body Language during a Tech Interview
o Be aware of your body language, even if it’s a Skype interview.
o Stay engaged in the interview and maintain eye contact.
In addition to the above recommendations for improving a resume, I evaluated resumes from candidates who were hired in the last 24 months. Using a random number generator I selected a representative sample of 10 resumes. Several important patterns emerged. 100% of the resumes included:
· First and Last Name
· Phone Number
· Email Address
· Technology Skills
· Bullet points after each job title to describe Experience
· The average resume length was 4 pages.
As crazy as it sounds, the first and last name, phone number and email address are not always included in a resume. I made a point to check for this information to emphasize the importance of including it. As many recruiters might agree, we receive far too many resumes that do not include a method for contacting the candidate or a resume only includes an email or a phone number but not both. The easier it is for a recruiter to reach you, the better.
Author: Dr. Eduardo Diaz, helping you exceed expectations.