Around six seconds. As one of Central Connecticut’s top employment agencies, Stewart Staffing knows that’s how long you have to get a hiring manager’s attention with your resume, which means only a few moments to make a lasting impression. That’s a lot of pressure.
The good news is there are some steps you can take to increase your odds of getting a call for an interview and it all comes down to knowing what hiring managers are looking for on your resume. Here are a few of the key essentials:
An easy-to-read format.
All the experience in the world doesn’t matter if your resume is packed with small text, dense paragraphs, and is hard to read overall. Hiring managers don’t have time to wade through a text-heavy resume and instead want to be able to see your value at a glance. That’s why it’s important to keep language concise, use headings, subheads, and bullet points, and bold or italicize company names, job titles, and dates of employment.
You’re a good fit for the role.
Some candidates apply for jobs in Central Connecticut, yet they don’t have the skills and abilities to perform in the role. However, if you’re able to show that your background is a great fit, with relevant experience at good companies, then you have one foot in the door of the hiring process.
There’s a track record of accomplishments.
The right job titles and employers will only get you so far. Hiring managers also want to see an impact. In other words, they want to understand the value you’ve offered your employers in the form of past accomplishments. Whether it’s money or time saved, sales increased, customers retained, or spearheading new initiatives, it’s important to include your most relevant contributions on your resume.
Your job history.
In general, hiring managers look for a job history that makes sense. If there’s a lot of job hopping, then it’s going to be a red flag for them. Likewise, if you have a lengthy work history, but there’s no logical career progression, that too can serve as a warning sign for hiring managers.
Including information about your personal life and hobbies can actually leave behind a negative impression. So when you’re writing and editing your resume, make sure you’re totally focused on details most relevant to the company and their job opening. This will be different for each position you’re applying to, so you’ll need to tweak your resume every time you submit it for a new posting. While this takes more time and effort, customizing your resume with the most applicable information will pay off in the form of more interviews.
Need more resume or job search help?
Call the team at Stewart Staffing. As one of Central Connecticut’s top employment agencies, we can help you with resume writing, interview preparation, and connecting you with opportunities at companies large and small all over the area. Contact us today if you’re ready to get started…and get a new job!