As mobile phones become smarter, recruiters are also following suit. In the last three years, social media recruitment went from 39 percent to over 52 percent. And most of this recruitment was done via some sort of mobile technology.
Recruiters and Hiring Managers are extremely busy professionals and often use their cell phones to go through their emails (just like the rest of us).
Take Sue, for instance. She’s a very busy recruiter working for a New York headhunting firm, and takes the subway and a taxi to and from work.
Which of the two following resumes do you think she will gravitate towards?
She won’t be able to check this one properly until she can download a copy on a desktop version of Microsoft Word. Plus — where’s his number? It seems to be hidden by a light blue box.
So she closes it and quickly opens the next.
Richard’s thankfully made her life easier by using a nearly plain-text resume format that shows up beautifully on her iPhone. She taps his number, her phone dials it, and she gets Richard on the phone to ask what his availabilities are this week.
She promptly forgets all about Dean and returns to her busy schedule.
Frankly, in this short-attention-span age, the quicker you can make your point and inspire people to interview you, the better off you are.
Follow these simple tips to make sure your resume passes the “mobile-friendly” test:
1. Use a simple format
Resist the urge to go all out when formatting your resume. Use a clean font, larger than size 10, so that the reader doesn’t need to zoom in to see your resume. Use lots of white space, avoid tables, and use bulleted lists wherever possible.
2. Think vertical
Most people look at their mobile screen vertically and scroll down using just a single finger or thumb. Pack the top 1/3rd of your resume (the visual center) with the most important information about yourself — your key skills, your biggest accomplishments, and the most important thing you can offer to an employer. The trick is to grab the readers’ attention from the beginning, so even if they are in a hurry, they immediately see you as an asset and your resume sticks in their memory.
3. Get to the point,fast
Make Hiring Managers’ lives easy by keeping your resume to just a couple of pages and using short, simple bullets to explain what you did. Group similar bullets together and delete or combine redundant ones.
4. Use hyperlinks to save space
Add hyperlinks to your contact number and email to make it easier for hiring managers to contact you while they’re still on their phone. Include your personal portfolio, if applicable. Try to keep your contact info to a single line.
Send your resume to several friends with different cell phones. At the very least you want to check what your resume looks like on an iPhone, Blackberry, and Android phones. Save your resume in Word, not PDF, because if the recruiter wants to upload your resume to an Applicant Tracking System, your Word file will perform better.
6. Make it easy for them to understand what you do
The purpose of a resume is to secure an interview. One of the best ways to quickly make an impression is to include your headline right under your name, just like Richard did in his resume.
You can use this link to generate a headline to put in your own resume. Doing so will help recruiters quickly understand what your biggest strengths are.