What Hiring Managers and Recruiters Look for in a Resume

AUTHOR: Darlene Zambruski
POSTED: January 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

When faced with a daunting and months-long job search, many candidates believe that the best way to go is to prove they have talent in numerous industries. In other words, they can wear many hats and do just about anything.

Are You a Jack of all Trades?

Unfortunately, that’s not the way to impress a hiring manager or a recruiter. In today’s job market, what you have to prove most is that you’re the ideal candidate for the position. That means focusing on one industry, one job (preferably from a posting you’re interested in) and dovetailing everything you’ve done toward that opening.

Some of you might now say that it’s impractical to do that if you’re submitting your resume to 20 or more openings in a week.

The truth is that your resume needs to be custom-tailored to each of those many openings. Why? Because if you’re skilled in accounting, sales, retail management, graphic arts, childcare and customer service, a firm that’s hiring for an accountant isn’t going to care about anything other than your accounting skills, as they relate to the job responsibilities of the position.

Hiring Managers Want to Know if You Can Do the Job

Don’t kid yourself that a hiring manager or recruiter will be impressed with all that you can do. Too much of this on your resume and you’ll confuse them as to what your skills really are and why you’re applying to their opening at all.

The best resume is focused, targeted, and relies heavily on accomplishments – not tasks – to tell the story of you.

Stay on point and be certain to tweak each resume to fit the opening. It will take some time, but it will also shorten your job search in the long run.

  • margaux

    special skills and abilities i guess are one of the qualities a recruiter looks for


Darlene Z.

Darlene Zambruski is a resume writing expert and CPRW (Certified Professional Resume Writer) with more than 13 years of industry experience. She has authored 10,000+ resumes in every industry and at every career level.

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