|By Deborah Walker, CCMC, Career Coach, Resume Writer
If you are in the middle of a job search, recruiters can be your friend
- or your foe. They have the power to keep you out of the hiring process or to
introduce you to corporate hiring decision makers. The quality of your resume
plays a key role in determining how recruiters will treat you in the job market.
It pays to make sure your resume is recruiter friendly.
There are 3 elements
to a recruiter-friendly resume:
2. Core competencies
or transferable skills
If your resume lacks any
of these crucial elements, then you are probably not capturing the attention you
deserve, and you are missing out on important interview opportunities.
Focus: Since a recruiter's time is at a premium, they must know
your career focus within seconds of opening your resume. If your career focus
isn't clearly stated, you can't assume the reader will take the time to search
through your resume for clues. Most recruiters consider "Career Objective"
statements worthless if they contain no real information about
position you are looking for and the industry expertise you offer. The best objective
statements are concise and to the point.
2. Core competencies or transferable
skills: Once a recruiter understands your focus, he/she will want to know
if you have the required core competencies or transferable skills to accomplish
the job. A thorough research of employer job descriptions will help you identify
the core competencies your resume must feature.
You'll capture and hold
recruiter attention by including only those core competencies relating specifically
to your focus. Be careful not to muddy up your personal marketing message by including
extraneous skills. If you remember the all-important rule of relevancy, you'll
go a long way toward keeping the reader's attention on your key skills.
Accomplishments: Once your resume has made it through the initial
screening for focus and skills, the recruiter will want to know how you stack
up against other candidates. Remember, with record-high resume response to job
openings, recruiters need good, solid reasons to recommend you for consideration
over the mountain of other candidates. Clear,
concisely stated accomplishments
are the best way to distinguish yourself from your competition.
the recruiter works for one corporation or represents many corporate clients as
a third-party recruiting consultant, he or she must be able to give valid reasons
for promoting you as a viable candidate. You can make their job infinitely easier
by including the information they need - and bring your resume to the top of the
candidate pile. When your resume sells itself, you gain advantage points, and
make the recruiter look good as well.
For optimum impact, write accomplishments
that illustrate the strength of your core competencies, transferable skills and
focus. An accomplishment is only valuable to your resume if it promotes the skills
your target employers are looking for. Remember the rule of relevancy as you craft
each of your accomplishment statements.
In today's extremely competitive
job market, employers rely heavily on recruiters to screen out all but the top
few applicants. With a recruiter-friendly resume you'll beat out your competition
as the employer's first choice to interview.
Deborah Walker , President
of Alpha Advantage, Inc., is a nationally respected career coach with extensive
experience as a former headhunter and corporate recruiter. Her resume and career
advice is featured on more than 3,000 websites and published in professional association