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Resume Tips from a Seasoned Recruiter

Resume Tips from a Seasoned Recruiter

Author: Janis Tobin/Tuesday, January 12, 2021/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, SNI Certes, SNI Technology, Accounting Now, Staffing Now

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Having been a recruiter for the better part of my career, it goes without saying I’ve seen my share of resumes. Over the years, I’ve seen good resumes, bad resumes, and everything in between, and part of my job is helping people perfect their resumes so they’re able to get their foot in the door at companies and land that ever important first interview. Below are several suggestions for what I personally would recommend when editing your resume…

Resume File Name
Having your first and last name in the file name will help distinguish you from the other applicants who simply name their resume file, “resume”. Instead have it be something like, “John Doe – IT Technician” or “John Doe Resume”.

Create a Custom Resume
It’s important to adapt your resume and tailor your experiences to the company’s needs. Certainly don’t be dishonest about your work history, but do think about how roles or projects you’ve worked on in the past would relate to the job you are applying for. Not only will it be easier for the employer to see that you are the right person for the job, but it will also show you’ve done your homework ahead of time and thoroughly researched the company and role you are applying for.

Only Include Relevant Information
If you’ve been working for 5+ years, make sure to only include your recent and relevant work history. Don’t include the summer job you held in high school or minor degrees and achievements that are irrelevant to the role you’re applying for. Having these things on your resume will distract from the key information you need to get across (not to mention lengthening your resume unnecessarily).

Proofread, Proofread, Proofread
Having your resume be grammatically correct and typo free is so important. After you’ve finished your resume, triple check it for typos, then have a friend or family member do the final proofread (pick someone who you believe will do the best job). You would hate to be discounted simply for having a small typo on your resume so make sure not to skip this step.


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