Note: This is the second half of a Resume Writing Series – Have you read Part 1?
Once you have all the information compiled, consider these current facts about resumes and adjust your content and format accordingly. Also, don’t forget that your social media profiles on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are likely to be accessed by potential employers. Make sure your Facebook and Twitter profiles are professional and that your LinkedIn profile reflects the information on your resume.
- The average time spent by recruiters/hiring managers looking at a resume: 5 to 7 seconds.
- Research shows that only one interview is granted for every 200 resumes received by the average employer.
- 76% of resumes are discarded for an unprofessional email address.
- 88% rejection rate when you include a photo on your resume.
- In 2000, 22% of resumes were submitted via email or posted on the web. In 2014, over 90% of resumes are now posted online or sent via email.
- Applicant Tracking Software, the robots that read your resume, are able to quickly eliminate 75% of the applicants.
- There are 15 million brands and organizations on Facebook.
- 68% of employers will find you on Facebook.
- 93% of recruiters are likely to look at a candidate’s social media profile.
Now that you are a resume expert, we can really dive in to how to make your job history and skills stand out. One of the best ways is through the use of compelling and exciting Action Verbs. This chart contains just a few examples of Action Verbs that can jazz up your resume and draw in the reader. This is by no means exhaustive, so break out your thesaurus and find what words work best to describe your skills and accomplishments.
Lastly, choosing the right resume format can make a huge difference in how your job history and skills are showcased. Below are the two most common resume formats to use and a few tips on who each format works best for.
Chronological Resume Format
- Most common method for resume writing
- Lists previous experience in chronological order starting with the most recent position
- Best used for seeking positions in your current field of experience
- Great way to show job growth and tenure
Functional Resume Format
- Highlights skills that are applicable to multiple positions
- Great for those with unrelated job experience or limited work experience
- Can be used to by recent college graduates to spotlight knowledge over experience
- However, some hiring managers worry that a functional resume means you have something to hide.
What is the best format for you?
- Combine the formats to see what works for you best.
- Showcase your strongest skills at the top of your resume.
- Typically, a recent college graduate’s resume should be one page in length. Candidates with more job history should stick to two or three pages.
- A cover letter is a great place to expand on your resume. It can help you explain:
- Gaps in employment history
- Poor job tenure
Good luck on your job hunt!