5 Things Your Resume Should Include


Many of the larger companies are using applicant training systems (ATS) to read the applications and review work experience.

Hiring managers spend an average of 6 seconds on scanning your resume to determine if they would like to bring you in for an interview.

Here are 5 tips we like to share with our clients in drafting their resume:

  • Keep it short and concise
    • Use more than one page if you have over 10 years of experience
    • Choose a readable font, 12-14 point font size
  • Contact info should have the following information:
    • Name
      • Include any professional certifications/licenses like RN, Certified xyz, Ph.D., etc.
    • Reachable phone number
      • Update voicemail greeting if needed
    • Email
      • Html link is preferred
    • LinkedIn Profile
      • Should be listed as a clickable link
      • Change your profile link address to your name
  • Summary statement
    • This is your elevator pitch
      • “With over, xyz years of experience in the xyz industry, then add some concrete experience or skills.”
      • No more than 3 sentences long
  • List all of your experience—detail the most recent; company/title/location for those beyond 15 years.  Show all titles and career progression within each company.
    • Don’t be vague about your skills and accomplishments; don’t list only responsibilities, instead show results:
      • “Increased revenue by xyz%”
      • Use concrete action words like accomplished, increased, developed, created, etc.
      • 3 verifiable, measurable achievements per job description
  • Keywords
    • An ATS device reads resumes using specific keywords
      • Use words that commonly describe your job position
        • Use different variations of the keywords

If you are going to be successful in your job search, you need to put your best foot forward, and your resume is one of the areas that need to shine!

Let our team help you land your dream job by helping you craft the perfect resume!

Richmond Hazleton Group is a boutique, professional recruitment and search firm, focused on providing a cost-effective alternative to traditional search firms.

Our years of experience can help you to understand the trends and how they relate to you and the position you are applying for.

Contact us today!

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