‘Tis that time of year when we are flooded with resumes from job applications. The holidays are over, spring is around the corner, and you might be thinking to yourself, “Hey, I would love to have a job at Daxko!” (Well, who doesn’t really?!) But before you send in that resume that you have had saved on your computer since college, there are a few things you will need to know that can help get your resume a shiny gold star from a Daxko recruiter.
DISCLAIMER: Every recruiter and manager is different. Everyone has a different opinion on what you should put in a resume. This is our opinion… but we are right.
- If I can’t read it, I probably won’t. Basically, make your resume easy to read. Don’t use crazy fonts, don’t go too crazy with jazzy symbols and italics/bolding/underlining, and don’t write a small novel under each job that you have had. Give me bullet points with descriptive sentences of your job duties, give me dates (months and years) of when you were at your positions, and keep your information laid out in an organized way.
- Know a grammar/spelling guru? Have them critique your resume. ‘Nuff said. But while we are at it, any communication you have with a recruiter or hiring manager needs to be re-read and double checked. It is a red flag to me on attention to detail if the candidate uses bad grammar and misspells words. And PS… Spell my name right and spell the company’s name right!
- Does your email make me blush? If you have an email that is something like ‘email@example.com’ or ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’, please change it! It looks terrible on a resume and sometimes I get embarrassed when I have to confirm it out loud. Sign up for a new one and make sure it has your name in it.
- If you’re not applying to be an actor or model, don’t include a picture. You do not need to include your picture on your resume. I actually run into this a lot. Most of the time, it is not a professional headshot. It is usually a picture that is cut off from a party or something. If I want to see what you look like, I will look you up on Linkedin. And speaking of Linkedin, make sure you are using a professional-looking picture.
- Tailor it to fit. This is not a one size fits all. CUSTOMIZE your resume to the job you’re applying for. What do I mean? Show off your experience that relates directly to what’s described in the job posting. Use the same keywords. I like to tell people to make your resume “scream” that job so a recruiter like me doesn’t pass it by.
I look forward to reading all of your great looking resumes very soon!
Julie S. loves cold Peanut MnMs and is a Disney Princess masquerading as a Talent Scout at Daxko.