Asked by Tanya on March 31, 2018
Answered by Ashlyn, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, on April 2, 2018
My top 5 for students would be 1. organization 2. measurable metrics 3. previous experience 4. campus involvement 5. major and GPA. It's important to be able to quickly look at a resume and see the impact you have made in your previous positions. If you don't have much experience, I like to see how you are involved on campus. Lastly, depending on the role that I'm hiring for, the major will be important to see if there would be an adaptable skillset.
Answered by Phil, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on April 5, 2018
If I were to pick five top attributes, they would be 1) readability; 2) education / major; 3) extracurricular activities; 4) research or relevant experience; 5) spelling and grammar.
1) Readability - most recruiters look through resumes really quickly. If I can't easily find what I need to see within a few seconds, it's likely that your resume won't be glanced at.
2) Education / Major - many times, I'm looking for specific skill sets, and major will give me a general idea of your background and experience.
3) Extracurricular Activities - here, I look at quality rather than quantity: were you a leader? Were you deeply involved in 1 or 2 groups vs. superficially involved in 5 or 6?
4) Research - many of the positions that I recruit for are science-heavy and are looking for students with some sort of research experience. Including this on your resume is helpful when I'm looking through them quickly.
5) Spelling / Grammar - I receive so many resumes with grammatical and/or spelling errors - this really tells me that you didn't take the time to proofread your resume. Have a few different people look at it to make sure there aren't any mistakes and that it makes sense.
Best of luck to you! -Phil
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on April 9, 2018
Resumes don’t have to be complicated, but they do need to clearly convey who you are and what you can do. Most recruiters are looking for some pretty basic info that helps determine whether you’re a great fit for the role and the culture of their company, so when you’re looking for “great characteristics,” keep it simple.
1. Accurate contact information (you’d be surprised!).
2. A couple sentences about yourself, your goals and primary talents.
3. Work history with specific business challenges and successes.
4. Education – both formal AND informal.
5. Extracurricular activities – from charity to part-time Olympian – what are you involved in?
Best of luck!