Candidates must understand that the resume they submit online and the resume they want to take with them to an interview are NOT the same.
I know this sounds so simple, however people don’t try to reverse their role and think in this way. What would be important for you to know to say “I want to interview this candidate”. Don’t have 3 paragraphs for a position you only held for 6 months or 1 paragraph for a job you were in for 5 years
If you were with the same company for 7 years, show movement of responsibility or titles with dates and break it down into paragraphs
RESUME WRITING Presenting your resume in 2009 Prepared by: Pam Parker ( [email_address] ) for FWPMI (5/09) Avizion Technologies Group , IT Staffing Services Firm - 972.267.7950
Chronological resumes are preferred by hiring managers, they want to know when and where you had the experience. (Accomplishment/Project oriented resumes advocated by Outplacement firms are not preferred)
Put the most recent information first (the last 5 years of your career are most applicable in a job search).
Titles – don’t use internal ones that are obscure, use ones that describe your role. (or match the position you are applying for)
Show progression in your career - If at the same job for years, don’t just put one big paragraph; break it up with promotions, change in responsibilities or any way that shows growth.
Resumes are very important and say a lot about your candidates. If they are messy, badly formatted, contain grammatical errors or annoyingly formatted they make a bad first impression. Crummy resumes generally are disregarded.
Job Hopping is not a good thing. If you have a candidate who is a job hopper, it won’t fly on this requisition. Save your time and ours and save them for a different requisition. If your candidate is a contractor/consultant who has done a number of contracts to completion please make sure that this is clear in your candidate’s documents. If it appears on the resume that the candidate is jumping around from full-time job to full-time job the resume won’t go far in the process.
Director is looking for a candidate that has held a management position for a significant amount of time for a large company that has a controlled environment. Being CIO of a 1 person shop doesn’t meet the spirit of what we are looking for. If the candidate doesn’t have the right experience save the resume for a different req.
If your candidate has the right experience, make sure that you include it on the bio/overview along with the following “what was the size of the company”, “size of their staff”, and “why they left that opportunity”.