More Resume Tips from Hiring Pros


In response to last summer’s blog post Punk Rick HR in which a blogger identified as Laurie answered some questions she frequently receives about resumes, other hiring decision-makers offered in the comments to the post their take on resume tips: HRPufnstuf said: [D]on’t regurgitate your position description for each job. Tell me how you made money for the company and/or how you saved money for the company. Tell me that first, that’s what gets my attention, that ultimately matters the most. I can tell you very few people do this, so if you want to stand out, there’s a great way to do it. Patrick Erwin said: [I]t’s always better when the context of one’s job history is accomplishments vs responsibilities. When someone very dryly lists “responsibilities and duties” it comes off as “I had a gun pointed to my head making me do this every day.” It’s much better to put it in the context of, “I *made* this happen.” SalesComp said: In addition to explaining what you want to do and why, your cover letter should explain why I should care (Do your want and why align with the employer’s needs?). bobolink said: My favorite proofreading tip is to carefully read the text backward. You are less likely to gloss over a word. Mark F. said: Your last two jobs (occassionally 3) are the only ones that count (to me)…I look at the title and company, then I take a deeper dive if interested. Corey Feldman said: I don’t want pictures of you (or your family) on your resume. And I DON’T want a video resume. Every time I hear some marketing/branding type “expert” say it is the wave of the future, I want to vomit. Ignoring the added EEO liability risks the to the company (the reason I don’t think pictures are a good idea), I don’t have time to sit through your video. I can read a stack of resumes in the time it take to watch one video resume. scottthekyhrguy said: Every bullet point on your resume should reflect the value you brought to the employer with which you gained that experience. … If you’re applying for a position that requires relocation, give a compelling reason for your desire to relocate in your cover letter. Especially if you’re applying to a smaller market job. If I’m going to spend $50k+ to move you to Charleston, WV, I don’t want you to quit after 9 months because you really liked Manhattan better. If I know you really want to be in Charleston for reasons other than having “a job,” I’m more likely to consider the investment to move you there. I don’t need (or want) to know invasive details on your personal life, but telling me that you lived there before and would like to return or that you have family in the area and would like to be closer to them makes me believe you want to sink roots. DG said: Please SEND [your resume] in Word, RTF, plain text even; just don’t send me image files, PDFs, links to web versions [without] a downloadable version, etc. If I can’t put it in the [Applicant Tracking System] without additional work, then it’s not going in. … Please note that however many pages you send, I only read about half a page. First half, first page — tells me if you’re a maybe or a no. If you pass the first scan, I read more — if you’re not a no by the end, you’re a maybe. … I … personally prefer all bullets on a list to be one line max length, but that’s a me thing not a general rule …. If applying to a specific job — we know your objective is to get this job. … I think it’s completely worth your time to clarify if you think there may be questions about your US employment eligibility. … Be prepared to write x+n resumes/cover letters, where X is the number of jobs you apply to and N is the number of databases your resume is uploaded to. Tailor the submitted resumes/covers to the specific job or company you are applying to, and tailor the searchable resumes for maximum [Search-Engine Optimization] based on the best available info for internal and X-ray search of that particular [database]. H Aria said: Don’t confuse me by detailing all your expertise and then providing a simple list of job history at the very end. I want to know what you did where and for how long. There’s really no way to cover for a bouncing job history or a gap in employment. Just be straight with me. mra said: Please don’t send me a resume that is more than 1 MB. Rick Saia, CPRW, said: [S]how how you made a difference in your current and past roles: What did you do to make money? Save money? Make a process more efficient? Robin S said: [An aesthetically pleasing print resume] is the kind of resume you should bring to a job interview, but if you are emailing or posting on an online application our [Applicant Tracking System] is probably going to garble all the formatting and make it look like that proverbial Rorschach test. I always recommend that people have 2 versions of their resumes, the pretty one to hand out at the interview and the simple .txt version for emailing/posting online.