• Tue. Dec 5th, 2023

3 strategies for writing a resume that will ‘instantly impress’ any hiring manager

If you’re looking for a new job, your resume is your best friend. This document is your first introduction to a hiring manager and, if written well, can help you get your foot in the door of your dream company.

Learning how to make your resume stand out can also help you succeed in a competitive job market. Hiring managers might sift through hundreds of applications to fill a single role, often spending no more than six seconds scanning each resume. 

Jeff Hyman, the CEO of Recruit Rockstars, has reviewed thousands of resumes and interviewed more than 30,000 people throughout his 25-year career as a recruiter.

Follow these three steps, per Hyman’s advice, to write an eye-catching resume:

Don’t just list your job responsibilities – highlight your achievements and results 

One of the biggest resume mistakes you can make, according to Hyman, is cramming in too much information. 

“You don’t want to submit a lengthy, two-page resume in a small font listing every job or accomplishment you’ve ever had,” he says. “It’s never going to work in your favor.”

In addition to keeping your resume to one page (and using a 12-point font), Hyman recommends using bullet points under each work experience you include to highlight clear, quantifiable achievements and results,  rather than describing your job responsibilities. 

“It could be that you were promoted four times in two years, given harder assignments, asked to mentor people, increased revenue or reduced cost – really any kind of data points that will instantly impress the reader and make them think, ‘Wow, they kicked butt in this role, and can show proof of their value,'” Hyman explains. 

Mirror the job description

Spend 15-20 minutes reviewing the description of the job you’re applying for and make sure you include at least five keywords or specific functions of the job included in the posting. 

“You want to create a customized version of your resume that mirrors the job description so that the person reading your resume thinks, ‘Oh my God … how could we not interview this person?'” Hyman explains. 

For example: One of the most common job functions of a sales manager is to design a compensation plan for sales representatives, so if you’re applying for a sales manager job, Hyman says you’ll want to point out in your resume that you have successfully designed a compensation program and implemented it with a team. 

If there’s no job description, read the LinkedIn profiles of people in the same, or similar, roles at the company, or postings for the same job title. 

Emphasize leadership and management skills 

Jim Cramer on why his personal portfolio is 50% cash


By admin

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *