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5 Resume Tips for Recruiters
Now that you’ve targeted the skills you believe are most important, you can build an eye-catching resume by following these five writing tips.
1. Use your personal statement well
There are many ways to write a weak personal statement, but only a few ways to write a good one. This initial paragraph is your opportunity to summarize your experience and explain what you want out of a job. It may be the only thing that hiring teams read before deciding whether to interview you for a position, so you should make it count.
A good recruiter personal statement might look like this:
“Enthusiastic recruiter with 2+ years of experience implementing modern recruiting methods to maintain staffing at a company of 2000, pioneering college recruitment programs on 6 campuses, and decreasing time to hire to just 10 days on average.”
This statement is powerful for three reasons. First, it mentions the recruiter’s experience and talents upfront, so hiring managers know what to expect. Second, it names the company for which they’re applying, which shows they customized the resume. Third, it uses hard numbers and metrics that matter to hiring teams to describe past accomplishments. Hiring teams who receive this resume will want to keep reading.
2. Adjust your resume for the job
The responsibilities of a recruiter can vary dramatically depending on the company. The job description of a position at a recruiting consultant firm will be much different from an in-house position at a large company. If you send the same resume to both companies, you won’t be targeting the exact needs of either.
That’s why you should take the time to tailor your resume to every position. For example, at a consulting firm, you may highlight the time you spent traveling in a previous job. On the other hand, you could focus on connections with nearby colleges if you’re applying to a local in-house position. You’re much more likely to get a response if you submit a few specific resumes than if you send a single generic application to many jobs.
3. Include a dedicated skills section
Recruiters need specific skills, and ATS filters check applicant resumes for these keywords. Adding a skills section to your resume can help you target recruiter resume keywords more naturally. It also allows you to include skills that haven’t been necessary at recent jobs that might be relevant to a specific position.
Including a skills section has one more benefit: it makes the hiring team’s job easier. Many hiring and recruiting teams skim resumes to save time. When you make your resume easier to scan by adding a skills section, you make yourself stand out in a good way.
4. Include your certifications
There aren’t many recruiting-specific college programs. Many people who choose to enter this field come from an HR background and get additional certifications to learn specific recruiter skills. If you have more than one of these certifications, you can give them their own section.
Like a recruiter resume skills section, a certificate header helps organize specific information that employers want to see. It shows that you’re dedicated to the field and that you’ve proven your skills. You can include recruiting certifications like NAPS, ASA, AIRS, and SHRM here.
5. Format for function
It’s easy to think that, as a recruiter, your resume needs to stand out. While that’s true, your formatting shouldn’t be the method you use. Traditional resume formats remain popular for a good reason: they’re easy to read and interpret. You should demonstrate that you understand industry standards by following them.
You should also make sure you proofread your resume before you submit it. Recruiters need to have an eye for detail to write excellent job postings and read other people’s resumes. If you have obvious typos or errors in your application, employers may not believe you have the skills they need from a new recruiter.