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Only 3 Things Impress Recruiters On A Resume

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When people have been searching for a job for a long time, they are willing to try anything to make their resume stand out: red ink, unusual fonts, purple paper, clip art.

Don’t do it.

Recruiters and Human Resources departments are impressed with only three things:

  • The right combination of skills, education and achievements
  • The ability to relay that information quickly and concisely
  • A clean, neat, easy-to-read format

They don’t have time to sort out facts from creativity and computer scanning programs are very likely to miss or mess up vital information if you use unusual colors, artwork, formats or fonts. As one recruiter put it, “If a resume looks like it means business, it is more likely to be taken seriously.”

The best way to capture attention is to make sure your resume is focused and clear, you have included the information that companies are looking for and you have given yourself full credit for your achievements.


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Robin Schlinger

Robin Schlinger is the founder of Robin’s Resumes which provides excellent services to those who value the best in resumes and career marketing documentation.

4 comments

    • Yes, the right combination of skill keywords is critical. In this age of computer resume scanning jobseekers must customize the skills listed on their resume to match each job application. In other words, if the employer has listed several specific key skills on the job description you better make sure those key skills or keywords are included in your resume. Customizing a resume for every job application can be an overwhelming process. Check out jobminx.com to unlock the resume keyword mystery and quickly customize a new resume for each online job application. The site compares your resume to a job description and assembles the magical keywords for you. All you do is edit your resume by using the keywords that are relevant to your experience. It’s my opinion that the $7 per month subscription is money well spent. Especially when considering the value of getting noticed as a result of adding keywords to your resume.

  1. great article!

    to all experts and others submitting articles, try substituting some other words/terms for the word “things” in a title. I offer this completely parenthedically.

    Try words such as … ideas, techniques, behaviors, et cetera .

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