Job opportunities are plentiful right now – and so are jobseekers. In this exciting hiring market, it’s more important than ever to make your resume stand out from the rest.
A quick Google search yields lots of (sometimes conflicting) advice on how to make your resume pop. So we asked Joe Tsutsumishita, Senior Recruiter at Cox, to share his advice. After all, he looks at resumes every day and is truly an expert on the subject!
Joe is based in Omaha, NE and has been working at Cox for eight years. He specializes in recruiting people for residential sales roles at Cox Communications, like account executives, territory sales representatives, retail sales associates and more.
“I love making offers to candidates,” Joe said. “You’re helping someone make a significant career and even life change.”
Ready to overhaul your resume? Here are Joe’s tips.
Joe: I first scan for relevant roles and how much time they have been in those roles. I’m basically checking for candidates who meet minimum qualifications – we have to rigorously adhere to those requirements. In other words, if the minimum requirements state “Five years in sales, operations and/or marketing,” my first pass on a resume is making sure that the resume meets that experience and potentially education requirements.
Joe: I look for attention to detail; and by that, I don’t just mean grammar and spelling. Rather, I’m looking at the details they choose to include in a resume that makes it relevant to the role they are applying to. The candidate doesn’t have to list every experience, since some might not be relevant. If they include a section with non-related work experience with companies, titles and dates, it helps me fill in the gaps.
Joe: Again, I prioritize work experience and time in those roles. For me, that’s what helps me decide whether to keep looking at the resume. It’s the gatekeeper.
Joe: It can vary by role. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing or graphic design role, I wouldn’t mind if there was some color. It’s just about focusing in on the role you’re going for. Also, it’s worth noting that white space makes things a little easier to read.
Joe: One common mistake is downloading a template resume and forgetting to make edits to parts of it. I see a lot of resumes with ‘canned’ objectives or summaries. Another mistake is being too conversational when highlighting tasks and achievements. Resumes with long paragraphs are hard to get through. I recommend using bullet points when possible. Misspellings happen a lot, too.
Joe: I recommend creating a base resume and adjusting it based on the role you’re applying to. Recruiters review a very high volume of resumes, so clutter and non-relevant experiences don’t help your case. Be mindful of the details that are specific to the job you want, and make sure to highlight those responsibilities and achievements.
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