On average, a recruiter looks at your resume for 6 to 15 seconds. That’s not a lot of time, and to be successful in your job search, you need to be proactive.
You need to grab their attention instantly. But how do you do that?
Let’s explore how to get your resume noticed online.
- Tailor it – Find relevant keywords on leading company websites in your industry and job ads. When posting your resume online to a job board, tailor it as much as you can. What keywords, skills, or qualifications would they search for?
- Consider creating social media accounts – Social media accounts, such as LinkedIn and Twitter, is a way to build credibility in your industry. You can also create a blog as well.
- Remove obvious statements – Your resume is valuable real estate. Delete unnecessary language, particularly in job descriptions. Omit sentences such as “answered the phone,” or “tech savvy.”
- Update your resume often – There are thousands of resumes online. Update it once a month to relevant job boards.
- Publish your resume online – You can do this on a personal website, and add the links to social media and your portfolio.
- Emphasize information strategically – What’s the most valuable information? Bold, italicize or underline it. Also, use bullet points to increase readability, and make it easier for recruiters to scan.
- Reveal priority information first – Always put the most important info at the top. Then, work your way down.
- Don’t use a complicated format – Keep it simple. Use a format appropriate for your industry.
- Check typos – A single spelling error can put your resume in the trash. Print out a copy and look it over before posting it online. Ask a friend or family member to check your resume as well.
Recruiters and hiring managers spend a lot of time sifting through resumes. For some, you have 6 seconds to reel them in. Highlight what’s important and draw their eye to the information you want them to see.
Your turn! What are your tips for getting your resume noticed online?