The Anatomy of a Perfect Resume

The Anatomy of a Perfect Resume

Your resume is your first opportunity to make a good impression with hiring managers. But how can you create a document that makes you stand out from the crowd? Simple: Make the job easy for the person reviewing it! It can’t be a passive piece of paper. It must be a passionate representation of who you are and why you are the best person for the job. Your resume is your first impression before you meet someone, it shows your attention to detail, writing, and organizational skills. 

Business Insider captured how more than two dozen recruiters look at applications and they found that most managers spend only an average of 6 seconds reviewing each resume. Watch the full video here.

In today’s competitive job market, it’s important that you help employers see the benefits of hiring you over someone else. Organizations need to know that you will help them attain their corporate objectives. Your resume is the first step in expressing that message to them.

Here are some helpful tips to get you started:

  1. Be Reachable: Display your Name and Contact Information easily for recruiters to reach out to you directly
  2. Keep a Visual Hierarchy: Show your current title and company name along with start and ends dates in reverse chronological order. Add your education and any certifications applicable to the position
  3. Make your Resume Clear and Concise: Grammar and Punctuation Matter! Avoid pictures, graphics, or photos that distract from your main objective
  4. Save your document in PDF form and use space-saving features. 1 page for young professionals, 2 for seasoned executives
  5.  Mirror the Language of the Job Posting: Bullet points, active verbs, and common industry acronyms can help show off your skills. Use concrete data points — it helps provide recruiters with the scope and context of your work and demonstrates how you contributed to the bottom line.
  6. Have someone Revise and Edit your resume before submission. The more eyes, the better!

Ultimately, the best way to get your resume seen and in front of the right hiring manager is through a connection. Hire For Hope is that trusted partner and link to all your career endeavors.

The Recruiting Firm Advantage

When you’re searching for professionals for high-profile roles, the recruiting process often requires careful consideration. Even more so, when you’re personally looking for a step-up in your career, the job search requires even more research and resources.

Applying on a website or various job boards can feel like a black hole, job hunting can be stressful and time-consuming. Some positions for high-level companies are never listed or released to the public. They’re only available on a referral basis and some companies will even list exclusively with a staffing company. The only way to access these roles is through a recruiter. This is because many jobs are confidential, a company backfill, or sometimes a newly created role.

You can gain a competitive advantage in the job market working with a recruiter — They say it’s not what you know, but who you know. As skilled recruiters, we’re highly connected to hiring managers at top companies throughout Michigan and can help point you in the right direction. We can be both your eyes and ears in the job market! Even if you’re not actively looking for a new role, a recruiter can keep you in mind for future opportunities.

It’s also important to understand the recruiting firm you are working with. Between hourly, temporary or direct hiring, there is a wide spectrum of firms in a variety of industries. Hire For Hope specializes in executive level salaried positions in manufacturing, sales, operations, and supply chain roles. What sets up apart?

Hire For Hope has your best career and personal interests at heart. We want your new position to be a fit for you and your family from a personal, financial, and cultural approach. It’s important to us that all decisions and career changes suit your needs. From the very first phone call to the start of your first day, and beyond, we are there every step of the way.

At Hire For Hope, we take pride in putting the right people in the right seats! Want to see for yourself what it is like to work with a recruiter? Contact us today! Learn how Hire For Hope can help find the right candidate for your executive-level opening here.