What Do Employers Really Think When They Read Your Resume?

First of all, put yourself in an employer’s shoes and consider their frame of mind when looking at your resume and what they’re asking for in the job description.

1. Provide quantifiable prove of your experience.
“Hardworking team player” is written on almost every resume I come across but it doesn’t tell the employer much. Prove your commitment through achievement-based language such as “Increased performance by X% through introducing…” to get the right attention.
 
For instance, boilermaker might cite X number of days incident free, a hairdresser can measure his or her success by a client feedback system or industry awards achieved; while an administration assistant might provide typing speed and data input accuracy percentages.
 
Use results-driven language on your resume and see the immediate difference in employer response.
 
2. Put the most important information in the top-half of the first page.
On average, employers only spend a few seconds skimming over your resume before developing an opinion regarding your suitability. So making sure the important parts stand out is a key challenge. Employers are most interested in your achievements and experience, in other words, what you bring to them.
 
Listing the most relevant information first to grab their attention during that first skim over makes a huge impact on your call back results.
 
Have someone glance over your resume and tell you what they noticed and the overall impression they got. Make adjustments as needed and try it again.
 
3. Use keywords in your resume and cover letter.
 
Many large recruitment companies use an automated applicant tracking system (ATS) to review resumes which look for key words that relate to the job ad. This system filters out the resumes that are irrelevant and needn’t be considered for the job. So to ensure your resume gets through the filtering software, you must look for keywords in the job ad and insert them into your resume and cover letter. Addressing selection criteria and using industry terminology will get you a long way with the company.
Utilizing these three key points will significantly improve your results next time you apply for a job.