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What Employers Want (And Don’t Want) In Your Resume

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You are struggling to understand what employers want in a resume: What will make them take notice?

Related: The Worst Resume Advice I’ve EVER Heard

In many ways, what you leave out is just as important as what you leave in.

What They DO Want

Employers and recruiters welcome a resume that shows:

  • You have the skills to handle the job.
  • You will contribute something in addition to skills, as demonstrated by achievements at your current job (“chosen employee of the month,” “saved company $1,500 in recycle costs”), volunteer work and work-related courses.
  • You take pride in your work, as shown in part by the care you take to create a presentable resume.

What They DON’T Want

What employers and recruiters do not want in a resume is:

  • Your life history. Focus your resume on the requirements of the job. Employers and recruiters want to know that you can handle the job you are applying for.
  • Excuses. If you do not have job experience, stress education. If you lack one skill, stress another and your ability to learn.
  • Inconsistencies. Always tell the truth on your resume. Also, if you use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or any other online site, make sure you appear in a professional light at all times and that the information on those sites matches the information on your resume.

This post was originally published at an earlier date.

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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.

3 comments

  1. Brenda Knickerbocker

    Hi Robin, I have read your article this morning, it is very helpful advice for me to look for in preparing myself for my upcoming interviews. Thank you very much. Brenda Knickerbocker.

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