IMI’s Recruitment Team sees thousands of resumes every year. If you want to catch their attention when applying for a job, here are a few simple recommendations that will help you stand out from the pack.
Make sure an IMI recruiter isn’t the first and only person that’s seen your resume. Ask two-to-three people to go through the document and provide constructive feedback. A fresh pair of eyes will catch mistakes before your potential employer does.
Keep It Clean
Make sure your resume isn’t busy or cluttered. Pick a clean layout and structure your content so those who read it aren’t distracted by a mess of bullet points and improper spacing. There are a lot of great examples of resumes online with modern, simple layouts. Here are a few we like:
Prove You Read the Job Description
As we mentioned before, our recruitment team looks at a LOT of resumes. One of the things they specifically want to see is keywords that were used in the job description. Why? It proves you’ve actually read it. If you are uploading your resume to Indeed.com or any other job bank website, this is a must.
If you have a resume longer than one page, put your name and contact information on each one. Don’t assume that every recruiter handles resumes like precious works of art; sometimes, pages get mixed up or, *GASP* even lost!
Most employers will do a quick search online to see what your social media profile looks like. If yours isn’t PG-13, limit who can see your posts. Because if you’re messy break-up and epic parties are all over the internet, it won’t matter what your resume looks like — you’ll stand out for all the wrong reasons.
Don’t have a LinkedIn profile? Get with the times! The resume, as much as we love it, is on the endangered species list. Want to make a real impression? Load up your LinkedIn profile with all the recommendations and endorsements you can get, and add the link to your old school print resume. Recruiters will notice. Trust us.
Have a Professional Email Account (And Use It!)
As great as firstname.lastname@example.org is, it isn’t the best to use when applying for your next job. Have an email account specifically for applying to jobs and work communication. This also helps keep you organized; now you won’t miss that important email because of all your shopping spam.