I had the opportunity to interview a top recruiter in Denver. Read what she had to say about resumes.
What excites you about a resume?
There are a lot of things that can make a resume stand out, but I think what I notice most is when someone’s skills align well with the skills mentioned in a posting. This can take effort on the candidate’s end because a lot of times it involves tailoring several resumes for specific jobs, but, ultimately, it will get you noticed.
What turns you off to a resume/candidate?
Nothing is more frustrating than looking at a resume that has off margins, different fonts, and no dates. Contrary to what people tell you, hiring managers DO look at resumes, and delivering a well put together resume is essential. Talking to candidates who come off as arrogant and overly focused on money is all a big turnoff. People want to work with people they like, and if you act like a jerk or a know it all, people aren’t going to want to work with you. There is a lot of good talent in this market; having the hard skills isn’t enough anymore.
What are the top 1-2 things job seekers can do to make their resume stand out?
It sounds crazy, but just making sure there are no spelling or formatting errors is huge. Also, giving good examples of responsibilities and specific technologies used during positions gives candidates more credibility. When someone is very vague about technology or projects they worked on, I begin to question how involved they actually were. Nothing too crazy, but 4-5 bullet points with good worthwhile content will get you noticed, especially when it’s relatable to the job they are seeking.