Ask Vicki: What do recruiters look for in a resume for experienced professionals?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi explains how seasoned employees can get the most out of their resumes.
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Q. What do recruiters look for in a resume for experienced professionals?
A. Recruiters look for several things on a resume at first glance, regardless of what stage of your career you're in. For starters, recruiters want to see a resume that’s free of typos and grammatical errors. It’s like when they meet you for the first time in person, they want to see if you’re polished and possess decent manners. The same rings true for your resume: Overall, does it look professional?
As a recruiter, I typically looked at resumes for a total of three seconds. The first thing I looked for was whether the candidate met the specific requirements for the job. For instance, when I recruited economics PhDs, my eye immediately went to education. If the candidate didn’t already possess their PhD, they were rejected.
And when resumes did indicate prerequisites, such as a particular degree, I then looked for keywords to make sure the candidate had the skills and experience that were critical to succeeding in the role.