What Recruiters and Employers Look For:

 

                            What “THEY” Look For In a Resume
 What are recruiters and Employers are actually looking  for:
We have spoken to recruiters over the last 6 months and asked them resume image“what is it recruiters look for when screening applicants for jobs”. Here is the advice from numerous recruiters on how to  target and present a resume  to give you the best chance of getting an interview and hopefully scoring a job. Don’t become discouraged. The “One Yes” will make it all worth it. Although some may argue that a lot of positions fall into the “who you know” catagory, you have to have something to resent…that truly represents yourself. Fancy lines, photos and colors make work against you, while a simple resume can give recruiters what the want right away.
Remember that recruiter “HATE” to have to search for stuff. Your resume should be clear, readible, consistent, simple and straight to the point. The truth of the matter is, whoever is reading you resume, is charged with painstaking staff of having to review several resumes, so….by the time they get to yours..you are to be certain that they just want to get it over with.
Having had recruited for the healthcare industry for over 14 years, and scanning heaps of resumes  everyday, my suggestion is clear detailed work history info, a career summary to start including info on qualifications & courses, no photos, and solid referees. I look for the one that tells me what exactly you have done. Worst thing you can do is just list the company and position. Don’t need flashy, just dates, company and duties. Also list clearly current tickets- DON’T list expired ones looks like you don’t pay attention or you’re trying to slip it by us.
Make sure your resume has a goal, not just a bunch of tickets & courses you’ve done. Recruiters like to see that you know what you want and are committed to staying at 1 job. Show any long term employment – especially things like macca’s and woollies. It shows you are prepared to do the hard yards. Don’t add irrelevant courses, like a flower arrangement course when applying for a dump truck driver. Courses for the sake of courses don’t look good on resumes. Give only the experience that are relevant to the job you are applying for, Keeping the font 1 style, only using bold and underlining on heading, include all training undertaken and Referees.
Also, make sure your CV is very clean and out lines your skill set also attach a cover letter outlining what you want to do and how you can help the company.Make sure it is professional and easy to read. Do not put your photo on there, do not include your DOB and do not disclose your nationality – however, if you are a 417, 457 applicant – its always helpful if they know up front for immigration purposes.
Length of Employment – There is nothing worse than receiving a resume that shows how long you worked in a particular role in the following format; “2011 – 2012″ or “2008 to 2008″. To HR or a Recruiter this does not accurately represent your experience. How will they know how long you held your role? Did you work 15 months or a week over Christmas and New Years? Make it simple and easy. If a company can pick up your resume and see within seconds how long you were in a particular job your application will have a greater chance of reaching the “Call Back” pile. That said, putting “15 Months at XYZ Company” and “2 months at ZYX Enterprises” will not help your chances either as it casts doubt as to what you were doing between those roles. Did you transition straight into a new role? Or take 6 Months to 2 years off?
The best format I have observed has been: “February 2011 – July 2012″ and “September 2012 – Current”. You don’t have to be precise to the point of the day that you started and finished but clearly showing your employment duration will benefit your resume
Most of the time employers want people with a lot of tickets, on your resume after you state your name and contact details, in dot point format and in bold letters, state all your qualifications and tickets/licences, if the employer is happy with what they see they will usually read on further, so then state your previous jobs and sites you have worked at and what you achieved there, also a good cover letter to support your resume never goes astray, and look to get into the mines through recruitment agencies first, such as skilled, manpower, workpac, inspire engineering, just to name a few that come to mind, if your in qld, give dawsons engineering a ring, they do shutdowns across qld all year round, places like cannington mine, century mine, and they give anyone a go, just as long as you have working at heights/confined space and your metalliferous generics induction.
Ensure you have a great resume. Of course you may get in using an ‘old school’ resume – it happens, but consider that you are possibly one of hundreds/thousands trying to get hired – the first thing they want to know is “why should I hire you?”. Make sure your resume answers all their questions quickly and clearly. Please don’t skimp on a great cover letter either. That’s the first thing they will read so make it good. Don’t ever lie on a resume!
Use a professional email address!! Although your resume gets noticed if your email is “boomboy98@gmail.com” or dazzaNshazza69@hotmail.com unlikely you will get the job.
Do I need a professional resume?
A professional will highlight the relevant skills for the job you’re looking for.
My experience with recruiters and HR … they don’t care whether you wrote it, Aunty Joan did it or you paid someone, as long as it tells them what they need to know to make a decision.
Certain jobs are in high demand, and especially  for those looking to break into the sector. Research the industry and understand the types of jobs available and have a strong resume and cover letter ready to submit.
TIP: Don’t put your marital status, date of birth, or nationality on your resume. There’s really no need for it and it allows employers to judge you straight away.
Another handy tip when developing your resume is to search the job sites and look for the terminology used in job advertisements. Additionally, this helps you to think about your current skills set, and perhaps transferable skills developed in other industries. The really important stuff to market to the employer needs to be easy to read, easy to find and not buried at the back of their resume.
 
Dr. Xavier, MD,
CEO and President, World Wise Care
New York, NY

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