What Do Hiring Managers Look For in Your Resume in 30 Seconds

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You certainly know that it takes less than 30 seconds for a Hiring Manager to make a decision on your resume? The big question in your mind might certainly be, what then does the hiring manager look for in that half a minute?

“Key words” or/and “proven experience” are definitely some of the things the hiring manager scans through your resume to see but that is just part of the whole story. Although experience can be important, Hiring Managers are also looking for things that determine a cultural fit and what it is that makes you unique.

The purpose of an interview is so that employers can meet with candidates and determine whether they like them and can work with them, so experience isn’t always the be all and end all.

To determine cultural fit and what makes you unique, Hiring Managers will look at your extra-curricular activities and also your set of achievements. Thus for anyone who chooses not to include their achievements with past employers, you will be doing a big disservice to your job search exercise. You will be denying the reader the opportunity to gauge how different you are from any one else that is also doing your job or has done it before.

Since you only have 30 seconds to impress, it’s important that your information is strategically placed so that it can be easy to locate and read.

Qualifications should be at the start of your resume and remember to keep your employment in reverse chronological order (the most recent job at the top). Projects and achievements should be easily found under the relevant employer so that the reader isn’t trying to work out which projects and achievements belong where.

Also remember, how you present your resume is how the Hiring Manager thinks you will represent the company. Investing some time into presentation and proof reading is essential to demonstrate your excellent communication skills and to stand out from other applicants.

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