Resumes That Make Hiring Managers Wake Up and Pay Attention
In about 3 minutes, you will discover
- The portions of your resume that get noticed the most.
- How long your resume should be.
- The importance of the words you choose.
This cheat sheet provides uncommon information about resumes along with formatting tips and the Top 10 Resume No-no’s to watch out for along with .PDF versions of the Chronological, High Impact and Modified Functional Resumes.
Traditional format that lists employers beginning with the most recent. If you are applying for your first job out of school with no work experience, consider moving the education section above the employment section.
This format is highly effective but should only be used for direct delivery to a hiring authority. Send the Chronological or Modified Functional resume to HR or when submitting to a posting online.
Select this type to highlight your key roles. This is really good choice for people that have had a spotty work history or a lot of jobs since it takes the immediate focus off of dates of employment.
Hey Ray! It seems like I’ve sent out, ooohh, maybe 500 resumes. And I haven’t gotten a single response.
If it seems like that’s happening to you, there’s a reason. Knowing why you’re getting ignored is the first step toward making hiring managers wake up and pay attention.
So, how does my resume look?
I get that question all the time.
Some … are boring.
Some are SHOCKING!
Others, well, they’re just plain confusing.
You know you need to make a GREAT first impression. But maybe you are trying just a little too hard.
Here are some great tips to help you get started.
- Things to the top and left get noticed more. So put the important stuff up there.
- Things along the left hand column get LOTS of attention. So, don’t put any dates there. Slide them over to the right hand side.
- The top third of your resume is the hottest spot on the entire page. So make sure to put your contact information up there along with a professional overview that highlights some of your greatest accomplishments.
Well how long should my resume be?
- Your resume is NOT an autobiography. So don’t try to write your life’s history.
- It’s a marketing brochure designed to get you noticed.
- If at all possible, your resume should be only one page, two at most!
- 10 years work history is plenty.
Do your research.
- Customize your resume and only include information which directly applies to the target employer.
- The right keywords are critical on a resume. So, choose your words carefully. To avoid having your resume deleted by an applicant tracking system (ATS), the top third of your resume needs to include keywords that not only you possess, but that the job description includes.
- If the target employer uses different words to describe your position and your job duties, use their words.
“Resumes That Get Noticed” is a FREE cheat sheet that I’ve included for you below.
You’ll also find three types of pre-formatted fillable resume templates designed to save you lots of time.
- Choose the more traditional Chronological resume when you have been continuously employed. If this is your first job out of school with no work experience, consider moving the education section above the employment section.
- Select the Modified Functional to highlight your key roles. This is really good for people that have had a spotty work history or a lot of jobs.
- The High Impact resume is extremely effective when delivering it directly to a hiring manager. Be forewarned, though, you should use the other two version when submitting to an applicant tracking system or posting online.
Now you have the tools to make a hiring manager wake up and pay attention.
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