The Resume

Recently someone posted this on my Facebook page:  As an HR expert, we’d love to hear your advice on interview etiquette, how to follow up after the interview and what do you look for in a resume.

I was pretty excited to answer this question so now I will post some of my answer here. I may post more a little later. I’ll start with the resume.

You have about eight to 10 seconds for a recruiter to look at your resume and make a decision as to whether she/he will pass it on to the hiring manager. Your resume should always reflect the job which you are applying for. You should meet all requirements. Have someone else look at your resume and help you with any grammatical errors and typos. I am flexible with a couple but if a resume has a lot of errors it won’t get far. There is a website: which you can cut and paste your information and it will check grammar and spelling for you.

You still need to have a fresh set of eyes look at your resume after that because some words are spelled differently but sound the same (remember that in school). Your resume should always be legible and easy to read (no larger than 12 and no smaller than 10 font size).

Although a lot of people seem to read the resume should be no longer than a page, don’t stress about that. If you have been in the workforce for a while it’s difficult to keep that to a page. I think trying to keep it to three pages is good if you have to. One page is generally for people just starting out. You do not have to put “references upon request”. The company will ask for references and in most cases the application will have a place for references. Only provide professional references (NOT RELATIVES AND NOT FRIENDS, unless you have worked with them, worked for them, or the company ask for them).