As I hope is clear from previous posts, networking is essential to improving your ability to make an employment change. Getting referred into a company or an endorsement via an employee submitting your resume, gets your resume a second look. Put yourself in the shoes of the recruiter reviewing resumes.
The information below was submitted to me by Dick Winokur, who I have known for 11 years. We met when he was working for the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis (now Sanofi). When I first started FOCM Networking and launched the web site he shared some information with me that he relied up on in his career.
WHAT SMART RESUME REVIEWERS LOOK FOR
- They keep the job criteria firmly in mind–look for “buzz-words.”
- They look for a stated job objective.
- They look for the “can-do” candidate.
- They read between the lines for the “will do” candidate.
- They search for consistent career advancement.
- They look for job results versus activities.
- They notice how the resume appears.
ASK YOURSELF: IF I HAD TO LOOK THROUGH 200 RESUMES IN THREE HOURS, WHAT WOULD I LOOK FOR?