A Bona Fide Recruiter’s Top 5 Resume Tips

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I review thousands of resumes every year that represent thousands of candidates who would love to work for Daxko. I’ve seen some truly great resumes, and I’ve also seen some that are not so great. A great resume is a must-have regardless of the career you want, and these are my top five tips for creating a resume that will get noticed at Daxko (and likely anywhere else you apply).

#1: Design matters.

The role you apply for will dictate just how creative you should be with your design, but any resume should have a design that makes it easy to read and find the pertinent information. Keep in mind that the average recruiter or hiring manager spends about six seconds reviewing a resume before making a decision to look further or move on (but lucky for you, we’re not average here at Daxko).

You don’t have to be a graphic designer to have a nicely formatted resume, either. You can find templates on Microsoft Word and Google Docs; or, if you want a fancier format, you can find some on Freepik or Creative Market. And if you are a graphic designer or applying for a creative position, please don’t come at me with an ugly Indeed resume with no formatting!

#2: Like a good suit, the best resumes are tailored.

Your resume should be tailored to the job you are applying for, not for any job at any company. I’ve heard many people compare interviewing to dating, and that comparison really works well here. When you’re dating, you want to feel like your date really wants to be with YOU, not just any warm body. Employers have feelings, too… and we want to know you want THIS job at THIS company.

#3: Objectives are so 1996.

If you’re applying for a job, we’ll assume that your objective is to get said job. Instead, use that valuable resume space to provide a summary of your experience or to highlight some of your career successes. If you’re a new grad or someone just entering the workforce, focus on classes you’ve taken that are applicable or successes while in school (did you maintain a 4.0 while working to support yourself through school?)

Other things to leave off your resume include:

  • References – We’ll ask for those separately if you make it to that point in the interview process. Save that space on your resume for more useful information.
  • College details from more than a decade ago – Most employers don’t care what sorority you were a part of in 1998. Internships also take up valuable real estate on your resume and can be removed for anyone more than 5 years out of school (unless your internship was especially noteworthy/career defining).

#4: Everyone loves a mystery… except on your resume.

Don’t make me guess or jump through hoops to get the information I need. What do I mean by this? Well for starters, make sure you put your contact information at the top of your resume. Don’t hide it at the bottom, or even worse, forget to include it altogether. And your LinkedIn profile is great, but I want an email and a phone number to reach you (call me old school).

I also don’t want to guess about your work history – include dates and locations. I’ve yet to meet a recruiter who actually enjoys reading functional resumes; so skip that, include your work history, and write a cover letter if necessary.

#5: Check yo’ self (before you wreck yo’ self).

Really though, proofread your resume… and then have someone else proofread it for you. You don’t want silly grammatical or spelling issues to stand between you and your dream job! It’s almost laughable how many resumes I see with “detailed oriented”… you’ve just got to love the irony there! I can look past a typo, but if you can’t string a few words together without me shaking my head, we have a problem.

There are probably several more I can think of, but these stand as my top 5. If you have questions, or want to tell me how wrong I am about functional resumes… good news! We’re hosting another #AskDaxko Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 19th, at 11:30 AM. We’ll chat for an hour about resume do’s and don’ts, our favorite formats and fonts, and all that jazz. Got a question, but can’t join live? Feel free to send it in ahead of time using the #AskDaxko hashtag, and we’ll address it during our chat. Hope to “meet” you in the Twittersphere!

Beth Wolfe is Daxko’s Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist who is from the beach, but thinks Birmingham is waayyy cooler; and who enjoys any Seinfeld reference worked into everyday conversations.

BarCamp Birmingham

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This past weekend, Daxko was able to play host to the 7th BarCamp Birmingham. This was my first foray into a true “unconference” where the agenda is set as people arrive with their ideas and presentations in hand. Admittedly, the planner in me was a little nervous about not having a set agenda, but I tried my best to go with the flow.

We had two session tracks running concurrently and the topics ran the gamut from “Thinking Like a Tester” led by our very own Butch Mayhew (@ButchMayhew), to “What I Learned about Project Management From Doing the ADDYS” from Caperton Gillett (@CapertonG). The energy from Harris Reynolds (@harrisreynolds) when talking about ShiptBirmingham’s upcoming grocery delivery platform was contagious! The topics were as varied as the personalities in the room.

When it was all said and done, I was so glad to have been a part of a great event with some awesome local tech folks (and a few out-of-towners). Curious about what others had to say about the event? Check out #barcampbham or #bhambarcamp on Twitter to read more.

Leave It On the Mat!

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I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Orlando for my daughter’s high school cheerleading competition. Her team had won their division for the last three years and they were going for their fourth state title in a row. So, you can imagine their disappointment when instead of the fourth title, they came in fourth place. There were many tears, but there was something else that made me immensely proud.

I watched the team pull together in a way they had not done all year. They comforted and encouraged each other, and instead of wallowing in their pity (well after the first night anyway), they focused on how far they had come that year. Her team has been in what you would call a “rebuilding” year… some had graduated, some quit, not as many tried out, etc.

When the year began, most of the cheerleaders who had been on the team for any length of time felt like they had no chance to “keep the streak alive”. But they worked hard anyway; and they pushed themselves, each other, and the new team members, to be better than they ever thought they could be. And they had a real shot at a 4th straight title… going into finals they had the highest score by a pretty good margin. Although it didn’t work out the way they had hoped they are still determined to do their best at UCA Nationals this weekend and “leave it on the mat”.

Sometimes in our career, we do all that we can, but still come up short. That doesn’t mean we didn’t work hard, or that it was a total failure. I love the saying; “It’s only a failure if you don’t learn from it.” We embrace that at Daxko, and there is even a “Fail Wall” in the engineering department where the things that were learned from a failure are prominently displayed.  Despite setbacks, if you keep pushing, learn from mistakes, and “leave it on the mat”, then you’re a winner in my book.

Was there a setback in your career that helped you to focus and come out even stronger in the end? Feel free to share your stories in the comments below.