'A resume is to get an interview. Not a job. Think about what info you need to include to get them interested enough to give you a call,' she wrote in a detailed Twitter thread.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on April 1, 2021. It has since been updated.
The pandemic led to the loss of millions of jobs in the country as well as around the world. Students graduating from college found themselves left in the lurch with employment prospects looking meek. A lot of things may have come to a standstill during the COVID-19 pandemic but the need to earn a living to make ends meet can never take a break. The already competitive nature of being able to land a job got even more cutthroat over the previous year. Recruiters are forced to be extra picky about whom they choose to work for their organization.
There are a few things that a recruiter looks for in a job application. To have these elements in your resume would improve your chances of landing the interview and if you manage to make an impression, even the job. Twitter user Slizagna decided to share on Twitter some useful resume tips from when she worked as a recruiter at a Fortune 100 company. She particularly had fresh graduates in mind, who would probably be starting from scratch and need more hand-holding, when she wrote this. She did an amazing job at consolidating the important points. Get a pen and take notes of what a recruiter has to say:
1. Don't put your address, or location. No one is sending you mail. The only thing it is used for is to see if we have to pay to relocate you. If you are applying for roles out of state, don't put your address.— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
2. Unless you have a unique objective statement, don't include one. We know your objective is to get an internship/job. That's why you're applying.— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
3. Unless your GPA is 3.6+, don't include it. The only thing it does is discount you and lower your chances of being selected over higher GPA candidates— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
4. Your resume should be saved in PDF FORMAT I WILL SHOUT THIS FOR DAYS. If you submit in word format, it WILL get fucked up and be hard to read. Save it as a PDF or don't waste your time formatting.— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
5. Don't put your job responsibilities, focus on what you have accomplished, and things you can quantify. If you worked in retail, don't put "assisted customers," instead say something like "assisted 60+ customers per day, praised by management for excellent service"— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
6. for the love of GOD include your graduation date. If we have to guess when you graduate, you won't get hired. Don't put 2016-present. We don't know how long you are going to take please please please put your graduation date.— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
7. ALSO, save your resume as your first and last name, not resume. When its saved on your computer, its the only resume. When it is saved on mine, it is Resume (47) and I will never be able to find it.— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
8. My final tip. You should tailor your resume to the job you are applying to, and change key words to match those you see in the job description to assist AI in searching. Jobs get over a thousand applications most of of the time, and AI is used to pare down.— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
Peter Baskin, chief product officer at Modern Hire CNBC, “Though the outbreak is impacting the way we work, it’s not impacting our business needs — and as a result, hiring needs are still crucial and open positions still need to be filled to continue providing strong business outcomes and value." And Sli also had a final bonus tip for us.
Bonus tip: Don't waste your time on a cover letter unless you have the name and email of the hiring manager/recruiter, and can send it to them directly. Cover letters should be unique to each position, so don't waste your time unless you are CERTAIN someone will read it.— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 2, 2021
And a little postscript.
Due to a few extra questions I want to add:— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 3, 2021
- resume should always be under a page unless you have at LEAST 10+ years of experience.
- a resume is to get an INTERVIEW. Not a job. Think about what info you need to include to get them interested enough to give you a call. ☺️
Job seekers on Twitter were of course beyond grateful for her thoughtful thread.
Thank you for the tips ❤️— Bran (@Brannnn_g) February 3, 2021
Prefect timing with this! I’m helping a friend with a resume, and like “You need your address on here silly.” Looks like I’m wrong 😬— WhoaRetro (@Whoa_Retro) February 3, 2021
Prayer 😂— Sli💤 (@slizagna) February 3, 2021
This is gold.— Robasaurus777 (@Robosaurus777) February 3, 2021
Looks like I can eliminate all the fluff talk now...
At least then my real accomplishments will stick out.