What Human Resource Looks For In A Resume

Resumes are the handshake that gets you through the front door. Whether the hiring manager scans it or gives a detailed reading, the content had better be relevant. Listing a great history of employment is not enough.

The majority of candidates ship off generic resumes, i.e., they send the same resume to everyone. The truth is every submission should be geared for that position. It lets the hiring manager know you’re paying attention. Before sending a resume out for any position, review its contents alongside the job description. If edits can make the content germane to the description, make them. A Singapore job portal is an excellent way to learn how to navigate the system, discovering the best ways to utilize a resume.



The position is for Administrative Assistant. Included in the description: ”proficiency in Microsoft Office a plus”. The resume describes a responsibility as ”created and edited documents, spreadsheets and presentations for vice president.” If applicable, that should become ”created and edited documents, spreadsheets and presentations for vice president using Microsoft WORD, EXCEL and PowerPoint.” This should be done in every instance on the resume.

Stop operating under the misconception that the more in-depth the information, the more impressed the hiring manager will be. This is absolutely not true. The human resources department has more than enough to keep them busy – including other resumes – to spend time with your novel of a resume. Always, always, always keep it succinct.



Your resume reads ”My responsibilities at the company included managing IT staff and maintaining hardware and software as well as working with vendors to ensure the company is always utilizing the most advanced technology.”

It should read ”Responsibilities included managing IT staff and maintaining hardware and software

[NEW LINE] Worked closely with vendors ensuring company utilizes advanced technology.”

The resume length should be commensurate with experience. A recent college graduate with a list of internships and summer employment does not need two pages. On the opposite end, if you have an extensive employment history, avoid going over two pages. If you can stay on one page, do it. The work history shouldn’t go back further than 10 to 15 years.

DO NOT use smaller fonts to get more information into your resume. Font sizes should never be smaller than 10 – ever! A size 12 font is excellent for resumes with less information and you’d like to fill out the page. But do not go over into 14 or bigger. It only makes the lack of information obvious. While it’s okay to use nice formatting and even fancy fonts and colors, unless you’re applying for a designer or graphics position, it’s not going to impress anyone.

If it’s feasible, you should have two resumes: a traditional one that has a reverse chronological work history and a functional resume that highlights skill. The latter won’t work for a lot of positions, but reading the job description should give you an idea of what’s more vital, your history or your talent. Good human resource services (see RecruitPlus.com) can be instrumental in advising a candidate on anything regarding resumes and impressing hiring managers.



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