Gaining Head-Hunter's Attention, Three Simple Rules, Using Correct Format

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Three Simple Rules

  • Using correct format.

  • Including plenty of quantifiable accomplishments.

  • Liberal use of keywords.

Using Correct Format

  • Chronological Resume format.

  • Recruiters generally do not like to figure out the complexities of a functional resume.

  • A functional resume gives an impression to recruiters as if the candidate is attempting to hide something.

  • It is quite easy for the recruiters to figure out job seekers as an undesirable candidate.

Use of quantifiable accomplishments

  • Essential towards helping the recruiter.

  • Since recruiters earn their fee by providing better candidates than their competition, ones resume should have “ACCOMPLISHMENTS.”

  • Quantifiable accomplishments are more convincing being connected to:

    • Bottom-line results

    • Revenue earned

    • Money saved

    • Market share increased

    • Costs cut or time saved

Liberal use of keywords

  • Important only in the short term.

  • Leads to future opportunity.

  • Many a times a recruiter is tasked to fill 10 to 100 specific positions.

  • Categorization of positions is done using qualifications identified by keywords.

  • The recruiters scan for those keywords while going through the resume.

  • Best ways to ensure ones resume is filled with keywords:

    • Job postings of target positions.

    • Identifying keywords of qualifications.

    • Finding the most commonly used keywords in 12 or more target postings.

    • Using such keywords words as the language of ones resume.

    • For future purpose recruiters keeps the copies of the resumes in candidate-tracking databases to sort later using keywords.

  • Proper etiquette should be followed while contacting recruiters and head-hunters.

    • The most effective initial contact is through email.

  • Recruiters spend 80% of their time in proactively calling up prospective candidates and employers.

  • If a recruiter is impressed by the candidate’s resume the candidate will be called.

  • The candidate shouldn’t call up the recruiter again and again regarding the status of the resume.

  • Resumes send in both the Word attachment as well as in ASCII (plain text) format allows the recruiter to access the information in quickly and contact the candidate sooner.

  • Properly formatting the resume is an important and the first step towards influencing the recruiters as they have the power to introduce a candidate to the next level of recruitment.