Resume writing tips

How to improve your resume in 60 seconds

Written by Shandy Lam
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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: recruiters spend only 10 seconds on average skimming resumes. That’s not a lot of time (to put in mildly), so your resume needs to somehow be simple and readable, but still catch the eye.

How do you manage that tricky balancing act? By understanding what hiring managers are looking for.

To get a better sense of what that is, we spoke to Shawn D’Souza, a talent acquisition manager in Toronto.

“I typically receive up to 75 resumes every every job application, so to save time, I ask three questions about every resume,” D’Souza said.

Here are his three questions:

1) Does the candidate have relevant skills or experience with same industry?

2) Does this match up with the position’s tasks and responsibilities?

3) Are there any inconsistencies or gaps between jobs?

“Before you hit send on that application, look at your resume with these questions in mind, and be ready to make adjustments. Remember, you should be tailoring your resume to every job application. A one size fits all approach does not work,” D’Souza said, adding that numbers like percentages and dollar amounts can really help catch the eye.

“They also translate work experience into results,” he said.

If your resume is currently longer than two pages, he suggests cutting it down and moving relevant accomplishments and experiences to your cover letter.

Cover letters are good, but make sure you’re not repeating your resume! If it can complement your resume, a cover letter can make a great first real impression,” he said.

There you have it; a few simple resume tricks to improve your resume (in under a minute). Good luck!

 

See also:

How to tailor your resume to any job posting

How to optimize your resume for the 10-second skim

Should you put a picture on your resume?

What to include on your resume to get an IT job

 

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