- Jaclyn Gardner, Strategic Technical Recruiter
Write with the Reader in Mind
As a DCS recruiter, my success depends on being able to quickly and accurately match candidates with job openings. This process starts with sourcing, screening and sorting resumes into lists of first-tier and second-tier candidates. Although I have refined the process over the last 15 years, undoubtedly potential candidates get overlooked due to poorly written or formatted resumes.
Below are a few helpful hints for being included with the first-tier candidates.
- Your Resume’s First Impression – Your resume is the first opportunity to introduce yourself. Be sure your resume is written and formatted in a manner that reflects yourself as a business professional.
- Help Us Find You – With Monster and CareerBuilder, finding a candidate is often as important as screening a candidate. Utilize technical terminology such as hardware, tools, and languages to ensure your resume is easily queried from resume job boards.
- Paint a Picture – Once I find your resume, I quickly scan it to determine your responsibilities in relation to the technical terminology. Utilize descriptive action words such as “developed,” “implemented,” “mentored,” or “converted” to describe your previous responsibilities.
- Help Us Contact You – Great job opportunities at DCS can open and close quickly. It is important to provide numerous options for contacting you, especially during the daytime: this can make the difference between a great new job and a missed opportunity.
- Remember the Credentials – Be sure to list formal training, certifications, credentials, and education.
Many people feel overwhelmed at the idea of writing their resume. How can you possibly describe your entire career in a page or two? But that’s thinking about the resume in the wrong way.
Remember this: Resumes are marketing documents. They aren’t your life/work history. They aren’t required to show your failures and weaknesses. Their purpose is to quickly tell a recruiter/hiring manager that you have the qualifications to do the work.