Some of the most frequent questions asked of our experts here at Jobipedia are questions revolving around resumes, and it’s totally understandable! Trying to distill your experience, achievements, and who you would be as an employee down into a one-page document is a little intimidating. Let’s take a look at five commonly asked questions about resumes and the responses from the experts!
What do Hiring Managers/Recruits look for in a resume? Are there key things that everyone should include despite what role they are seeking?
Tatiana, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., says, “You should have your major as well as your graduation date crystal clear, specifically when applying for internships. Also, be very clear on your location, and if you are willing to relocate or not if a company has offices in other cities. Most importantly, outline your main skillset, defined by your current level of knowledge/expertise.” More from Tatiana
Katelyn, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, offers, “My best advice when applying for jobs is to always tailor your resume to the job description. While there are necessary sections to include on your resume - work experience, education, phone number/email - not all Hiring Managers and Recruiters are looking for the same thing. Hiring Managers and Recruiters are looking for keywords, qualifications, education requirements, and experience that matches what they are hiring for. In addition, putting the desired skills, experience, etc. towards the top of your resume will help draw the Recruiter or Hiring Manager's attention. To highlight this information you can include it in a "Career Objective" section or a "Relevant Professional Experience" section near the top of your resume.” More from Katelyn
I'm only one year into college and want to put my resume together. What are some things I could mention that might stand out to employers?
Meredith, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, offers, “You can include skills, computer programs, and hands-on training you're receiving in your classes as well as achievements you've had (Dean's List, Chancellor's List, academic recognition, etc.). If you've held jobs with applicable responsibilities and transferable skills you should also add those. Include volunteer experience, community engagement activities, and sports or social groups you are part of as well. If you have already determined your degree program or area of study you can include that and indicate what your anticipated graduation date will be.” More from Meredith
Should I include achievements somewhere on my resume?
Michael, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, suggests, “When preparing your resume, it's always important to think about how the information you include will demonstrate to the hiring team that you are qualified for the position you’re seeking. If you elect to include athletic or other accomplishments, make sure that you can connect them back to a desired skill in the position. For example, ‘Nominated by peers to serve as Team Captain - Monitored team moral and worked with the coaching staff to address concerns.’ showcases your leadership and communication skills to a potential employer.” More from Michael
How can I explain on my resume that I intend to transfer into a 4-year college?
Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, says, “There are a few ways to highlight this in your resume, but two come to mind off the bat. If you have an “Objectives” section in your resume you can add a sentence regarding the transfer and when you anticipate that happening. You can also add it to your “Education” section after the Junior College content (i.e. intended transfer to XXX Fall 2022). More from Sylvia
What should I do if my work experience won’t fit on one page?
Michael, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, shares, “I always encourage applicants to tailor their resume to the position for which they are applying. Some of your roles are likely more directly related or have more transferable skills than other positions. I recommend placing those roles in a "Related Experience" section, close to the top. Build out these positions with details of what you accomplished, or skills you developed.”
Michael continues, saying, “You could also create an "Additional Experience" section which goes closer to the bottom of the resume that states Job Title, Employer, and date ranges for any positions less relevant to the role you are applying for. During an interview you may be asked to walk the interviewer through your resume, so you could expand upon your experiences in the ‘Additional Experience’ section at that time.” More from Michael
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