HOW TO: Make Recruiters Like You & Your Resume — Infographic

The team and I had so much fun collaborating on the infographic, 12 Things You Wish You’d Known Before You Took the Job, that we decided to partner up on another one. Have you ever wondered what makes recruiters like you and your resume? Read on for five important tips.

Recruiters live to fill specs. That’s what their employers and clients pay them to do. Because of this, they’ll like you if you describe experience relevant to their open spec(s) in your resume. That’s what they want to see!

It’s also good if you tell the truth about your experience — because they’re going to check.

And don’t shine them on with a wordle full of unsubstantiated adjectives about yourself. They’re a skeptical bunch. Adjectives set their eyes to rolling. So don’t go there.

Beyond stunning recruiters with your relevant experience, they will like you if you send your resume in the format they want you to use, regardless of whether or not it’s the format you want to use. They tend to like .doc above all others. Truth.

Finally, recruiters like you more if you address your cover letter and resume to them rather than to someone else — such as a recruiter at another company. Address errors happen all the time, so be careful when you’re cutting and pasting.

See the infographic below for more information on how to make recruiters like you:

5 Smart Ways to Make Recruiters Like You & Your Resume by AvidCareerist and Free Resume Builder.

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Here are the links referenced in the infographic:

1. The Second Biggest Cover Letter Faux Pas

2. Your Resume: 6 Facts Employers Verify — Infographic

3. 5 Critical Leadership Skills to Showcase on Your Resume

4. The PDF Resume is Dead

5. The Little Cover Letter Mistake That Will Get Your Resume Ignored

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Comments 1

  1. Ronnie Ann

    Hi Donna!

    I found this on Twitter and am glad I did. Just want to thank you for taking the time to put this together. There are a lot of infographics out there, as you well know … but this one is practical, well-designed and actually helpful to the average job seeker! Nicely done.

    Hi Ronnie Ann,

    Thank you!


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