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Acrux Recruiters: Winning Resumes

Aug 6, 2018

I’m sure any number of you can toss out do’s and don’ts when it comes to how far above and beyond your stereotypical agency will go for a client; but we are Acrux, and we are far from ordinary.

Our Recruiters, Austin (who operates out of Green Bay) and Molly (who covers the Fox Valley to Fond du Lac), make it their mission to fully support our candidates in every way possible.

While others will merely pull your information from a standardized form they have you fill out, or download your resume off of indeed.com, our recruiters take the time to get to know you personally and work from that initial meeting and workforce knowledge to build a customized resume to then submit to employers on your behalf. We had Molly give us the tips and tricks to a spectacular resume that’s sure to get you noticed for all the right reasons!

 

> Make sure your template or outline isn’t cookie-cutter

The people that you’re sending these documents to go through dozens, if not a hundred, a day and generally look for those in the stack that have put the time and attention in to their resume in order to put the best foot forward.

⏩Suggestions to counter this are:

* Make sure that your name and/or personal information is prominent on every page.

Ex. In the header, place your email, phone number, and current city & state

* You’re placing positions in chronological order, most recent to oldest

* List your successes and accolades, along with your education

 

> Your interview isn’t your lasting first impression, it’s your resume

While most believe that if they have all the necessary components listed on their resume, that will guarantee them facetime with the individual doing the hiring, that’s far from the truth. If your resume is sloppy, poorly formatted, or the attention to detail/time isn’t given to writing a rock star resume, you won’t be asked for a call let alone a face-to-face interview.

⏩Suggestions to counter this are:

* Keep your “Skills” and “Strengths” separated

  • Utilize different skill sets (Computer Skills, Machine Skills, Management Skills) separated in that section, making it easier to absorb. And be sure to speak to each skill set, specializing yourself on paper.
  • Strengths are the generalized characteristic that leads to a skill, so examples are: people person, written/verbal communication, organized, etc.

* Label the different portions of your resume distinctly; i.e. “key skills,” “experience,” etc.

* Fill in the blanks when it comes to your education

  • Make sure that you’re including your GPA, graduation date, and any focus/work placement you had during your time in High School or College careers.

 

> Organize your Experience section, and please don’t be vague

I’ll never understand why people don’t put more information about the jobs they’ve done in the past. Something that I highly recommend is ensuring that you’re as detailed as possible, while still keeping it short and sweet. Generally limit yourself to a sentence per skill-set for that position. You want your potential hiring manager to get to know you beyond generic information, but you also don’t want to drone on for pages about one position.

⏩ Suggestions to counter this are:

* Keep it straight forward, because they may not know all the terminology about the position that you do.

* Instead of listing skills, make an entire sentence of what that skill entailed for that position.

* Make sure to use descriptive words, without being repetitive - I find that thesaurus.com is fantastic for this! (in Microsoft Word, you can right click on the word and go down to “synonyms” for other ideas, also).

Example: “Forklift Operator” vs. “Demonstrated my abilities to not only operate machinery competently, but also adhere to OSHA and Company safety standards throughout my shift.”

Sounds a lot more capable, doesn’t it?

 

> Prioritize, it’ll make the resume look sharper

PLEASE, make sure that you are putting priority on the most recent positions and the ones that pertain to this particular position. If you’ve had more experience, place the “further experience” section toward the bottom of your resume and put ONLY:

Job Title Dates From-To

Company, Location

If you score that interview, you’ll have the opportunity to go more in-depth, but it will make a much better impression to place priority on more recent positions than others.

 

> Try not to split an experience on a page break

This is something that can be difficult to avoid, but it will keep the resume looking much cleaner and easier to follow in the long run. If it’s impossible to avoid, do your best to utilize the ENTER key and place one point of paragraph on the top sheet and the following on the next, so at least the break is clean. It’s these small details that will get you noticed for your attention to detail.

 

Molly will be hosting information on the perfect resume, “Winning Them in the Ring: Rocking that Interview,” and other helpful tips and tricks to assist you, our clients, in landing that dream job!

You’re welcome to follow us on Twitter (@StaffingAcrux), Instagram (@acruxstaffingwisconsin), and keep up to date on the hot jobs by following Molly on Facebook (Acrux WI Recruiting).

We hope you found these suggestions helpful, and by all means encourage you to reach out to us if you’d like help in perfecting that preface!

Written by Molly Moran - Aug. 6th, 2018

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