Things that Recruiters Search in your Resume

Crafting a resume is an art. It is said that a recruiters scans a resume for not more than 6 seconds, because it is not possible to go through each one like a narrative. It is important to construct the cover letter and CV from the point of view, through which the recruiter will go through it. The few things which are observed at first glanced will be, work experience, the position of the job, the duration of the job, also the educational credentials of the job seeker and his or her residential address. If the job position and the duration of the work suffice the prerequisites of the job for which the recruiter is hiring, then he will pay more attention to the candidate, and take more time to go through the resume.

One of the glaring mistakes, in resumes is not balancing the white space properly. Resume writing involves a lot of skill, a lot of white space means, the main credentials will be hidden somewhere in the middle of the page, where the recruiter has to search for it. Instead, highlighting the main points with, bold alphabets, bullets and underlines is a good idea to attract the attention of the recruiter.



Adding dates to the work experience is a good idea, because it gives a clear duration and brings about more accuracy to the CV. Camouflaging the dates will give an idea that the candidate may be trying to hide a short stint in a company. Ready-made, resume formats can be found all over the internet, but tailoring a new one for that custom fit resume is rather important. Especially for those who are seeking jobs for freshers, it provides with proper construction which brings about coherence in the application which is very much required.

The prime factor is the objective of the job, different jobs, have different objectives, which is why tailoring of is so important. If the job requires academic credentials, then the academic achievements must be placed above everything else. If experience counts more than academics for a certain job, then it must be listed on top, rather than lying in the bottom after the mention of  achievements.

A study of the recruiters’ eye movements has re-instated the fact, that the aforementioned points are the only things, by which a candidate is deemed fit for the job or not. Use of distracting elements, in the resume is a strict no-no, because it impairs the eye movement and hinders in the decision making process. Entry-level jobs  require a comprehensive and well outlined application which must be written keeping in mid the eye movement of the recruiters.

One of the many things to keep in mind is making it very concise and taut; a CV which is to the point. It must not exceed more than two pages; it is not an essay on yourself, keep it short and makes every word count. A professional summary in the beginning is a good way to start. Letting the recruiter know what you are aiming at and making sure of what you wish to offer to the company, is imperative. It will summarise, your intentions to join the company in a quick glance and will help to capture the attention of the recruiter.



Listing the qualification in order of relevance is crucial. The person in charge of going through the applications pays attention to the important career turning points. Articulating the marketable skills helps in creating a lasting impression on the recruiter who is looking forward to hire the best possible staff for the company which is paying him for his or her job. It must be consistently written, the formation of sentences must form a pattern which helps in creating a steady momentum to the reading. The constituency of the pattern, in which the resume has been written, helps in forming a mental image of the candidate. A properly formatted applications, helps in image building and creates an impression on the first glance.

Explain how hiring you will benefit the company. People applying for a particular job have similar academic qualifications so, highlighting your personal additional abilities and supervision qualities can help in creating an impression, on the recruiters mind. This can be a major advantage, as it is a major tool for getting hired. In case you have a long record of work history do not include everything, only add the relevant important posts which will increase your esteem in the view of the recruiter. This will not only help in making the resumé concise but will also bring out your best abilities in the view of the employer.

Making each word count is the real deal, use of words like “assisted” or “supported” does not help in making an impression. Using strong words helps the recruiter to understand the actual past posts of the potential employee. Again, the use of buzz words is good, but do not overdo it. Overdoing anything will create an impression that the candidate is trying to show off their credential and this is a major turn off. Many recruiters don’t even understand a lot of buzzwords, so keeping it short, simple and to the point is the main objective while writing a good quality resume.

Using an odd size of paper, or extra fancy fonts and colour ink is strictly prohibited. Official papers must look official and not like some wedding invitation card. Using white paper, decent sized font, proper layout is the right way to go about. Being eccentric in this department can cost you a job opportunity. And lastly the golden rule, which must never be broken; never lie in your CV. Recruiting companies have a method of cross-checking someone’s credentials. If the stated achievement is a lie, then the recruiter might be highly turned off, and the resume may not do any good. Being truthful and framing the application while highlighting major achievements while typing a job application is the correct way to go about it.

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