What Recruiters Look for in a Resume


When you’re applying for a new job, what’s the most important aspect? If you said your resume, you’re right. Your resume is the first impression you’ll make on potential employers. It’s important to know what recruiters are looking for at first glance. And remember, this first skim may only be seconds long, so you want to hook them into reading more. Here are the most important things you should include on your resume.

  • Most recent position. There is a big trend in resumes now that focuses more on an employment summary and accomplishments rather than a chronological list. That doesn’t mean you can leave off the companies you’ve worked for in the past. A recruiter often skims a resume to see the most recent position to determine if you’re qualified for their current jobs before reading more. Make sure it is listed and easy to find.
  • Recognition by employers. They also want to see the contributions you made to your past employers were valuable. Showcase how you were recognized by previous employers and what your accomplishments were in those positions. Don’t worry about sounding like you’re bragging. You’re selling yourself, and this is important information to convey.
  • Matching experience. You’ve probably heard that you should customize your resume for each employer. What this means is you should never send a cookie-cutter resume. Use job descriptions to flesh out your own language in terms similar to the way the company or the recruiter describes the experience they’re looking for specifically.
  • Online presence. In today’s digital age, internet presence can be a very important indicator of someone’s professionalism and experience. You certainly want to pay attention to your online footprint to make sure all of your public profiles are professional. But you also want to bring attention to some of your online presence. For example, having an online portfolio or resume on your website is a good idea as is maintaining a complete LinkedIn profile.
  • No major mistakes. Of course, you also need to go over your resume with a fine-tooth comb before submitting it to any employers or recruiters. A simple mistake such as a misspelled company name or grammar errors can mean the difference when it comes to getting a call back. Go over it yourself and ask someone else to have a look to catch anything you might have missed.

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