If you’re looking to land your next big career move, you’re going to need an impressive resume.

But what exactly do recruiters and employers look for when reviewing resumes? What details are they interested in, and how do they want the information presented?

If you want to wow recruiters with your resume, then try including some of the following features.

Simple structure

With most recruiters having to review hundreds of resumes every week, it’s essential that your resume is easy to navigate and read.

If your page structure makes it difficult for recruiters to skim your resume and pick out they information, they need; then you will struggle to land job interviews.

Ensure that your resume is written in a simple font, with clearly divided sections and ensure that the text is broken up for ease-of-reading.

Some good features to make your resume easy to read include:

  • Bullet points – Readers hate big chunky paragraphs that are difficult to digest, so break up your role descriptions in to short sharp bullet points.
  • Borders – Make the sections in your resume clear by cutting each one of with bold page borders
  • Bold headings – Make sure that headings are bold and enlarged so that recruiters can easily jump to the information they need.

Professional language

The written language used throughout your resume should be professional, descriptive and grammatically perfect throughout.

The language which you use in your resume gives recruiters an insight into your written communication skills and overall professionalism, so it’s important to get it right.

Avoid using over simplistic language because it makes you appear vague and unprofessional

So instead of writing a plain and non-descriptive sentence like this:

“I was working for the boss and helping out with various tasks across the business”

You can improve your writing and reword the exact same responsibilities like this:

“Reporting directly to the manager, supporting a number of business critical admin functions”

This sentence is much more descriptive and makes you sound like a professional.

Relevance

One of the most important factors that recruiters look for in a resume is relevance to the role they are recruiting for – however this is an area that is often overlooked by candidates.

Proving your relevance to a recruiter is actually quite simple; you just need to show them that you have the skills and knowledge required to perform their vacancies.

Start off by reviewing the job advert thoroughly and noting down the most sought after requirements for the role.

Then ensure that your resume is highlighting those requirements so that they are instantly visible to recruiters upon opening your resume.

If you are hiding any important requirements at the bottom of your resume, there is a big chance that they won’t get noticed.

Impressive stats

Recruiters love to see facts and figures in a resume because it gives them a real indication of the value you can bring to an employer.

So try to include some quantifiable and impressive achievements when writing your resume.

The following figures are good examples of stats you can include, although they will vary greatly depending on your industry and profession.

  • Generated 150 unit sales in 3 months
  • Resolved 95% of complaints in 24 hours
  • Cut department spending by 15%

Conclusion

When writing your resume, it’s important to consider what recruiters want to see and how they want it presented. By including some of the factors above, you should be able to positively influence recruiters and land more job interviews.

Written By
Andrew Fennell is an experienced recruiter, founder of London CV writing service StandOut CV and author of The Ultimate CV Writing Guide .

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