How to Write Magnetic and Attention Grabbing Resume that Hooks the HR

Posted by | January 8, 2021 | Career coaching

Writing a Resume that attracts your Recruiter’s attention is one of the utmost concerns for job seekers and new school graduates. Although your resume can be casually written to keep a record of your job roles, strengths and skills acquired, you also want to target the resume towards job recruiters and companies with vacancies to secure a good job.

The first and probably the most important thing to look out for when you are building your resume is the templates and format. These include how you organize and highlight your resume content and how you manage to insert keywords relevant to the task you intend to apply for. Most individuals with appropriate competencies turn out not to get the job they apply for simply because of the template used in writing your resume. Most HRs are interested in actually reading through your resume when you make your template professional and catchy.

For a job role, an average of 250 applicants submits their resumes. This is a huge number, and by default, you have a very low probability of being selected. Nevertheless, there are specific tips and tricks to help you scale this hurdle through, and probably get to the interview stage.

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The few points below should help you build a magnetic and attention-grabbing resume that hooks the HR. Your resume should include the following subs;

  • Contact info: You should always start your resume with your contact info, which includes your name, phone number, home address, and your email address. You can also add a link to your LinkedIn profile so the Recruiter can have a broad knowledge of your personality.
  • Roles and Responsibilities: Do not forget to add your previous or current job role and responsibilities assigned to you, so the Recruiter knows your strengths and abilities. It also helps to highlight your leadership and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience: Make sure that your experience is consistent and relevant to the job you are applying for. State where you added value to any high-profile project, and your exact contribution to the project or the company at large. However, if you do not have any experience relevant to the job you are applying for, it is fine. Just make sure you have the appropriate skill added.
  • Skills: Currently, most recruiters employ individuals based on their skills. Listing your core skill around the top of your resume should do the magic as it gives the HR insight into your strengths and supplements your experience and suitability for the role you are offering.
  • Achievements and Accomplishments: State how you helped the previous companies you have worked to increase productivity with lesser budget and time, which reflects in saving time, budget management, reducing clients’ and employee’s turnovers, and if possible how you increased the company’s website traffic rate.
  • Education: You should definitely have a formal education before applying for a job. This education can be either physical or remote (online). Include the school or university you studied, the course you studied, and, in some cases, your GPA, which is not really important.

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Qualities that make your resume stand out includes;

  • Easy to read and understand: Due to the number of resumes summited for each job vacancies, an average Hiring Manager first scans through your resume to see interesting points, and this takes about 10 to 30 seconds. Ensure your resume is written in simple and understandable language to ease the HR the stress of thinking of the meaning of disturbing words that are not used in everyday language.
  • Consistency: to maintain the quality of the service you render, keep your resume consistent. Verify your work history on your resume matches your work history on your LinkedIn profile and also ascertain there are no unexplainable gaps in your work history.
  • Relevant Language and Keywords: Ensure relevant keywords are infused into your resume. You have to read, do some study on the Job role and let your language reflect those words. It should build a connection between you and the requirements for the position in the reader’s mind. Remove unnecessary words, and be mindful that the person reading it will not be an expert in that field; yet, they know what to look out for.

I would like to end this with a few tips to guide you when formatting.

  • First of all, Show them, not tell them. The use of verbs, i.e., active languages and not adjectives, is crucial when building your resume. It saves a lot of stories and takes the reader straight to the actions you carried out and the point you are trying to make.
  • Keep the margin wide and the font big. This helps the Recruiter read through your resume with ease, which allows HR to understand your point better. Endeavor to use a professional font.
  • For a resume, less is better. Your resume should not exceed two pages. This allows the reader to go through your entire resume in no time and stand you a chance in getting to the interview stage.
  • Use real numbers and values. When stating your achievements, make use of real value, it helps. A lot of HRs lookout for how you helped the company, but you can step forward in giving them details that can be in percentage or real values or numbers.
  • Make your resume Chronologically Reversed. When building your resume, create it chronologically reversed, i.e., start from the most recent or current job roles to the oldest ones. This can help the HR measure and confirm your growth and development over the years.
  • Experience first before education. What really matters after your skill is your experience. You are to include your education, but when building a resume that should award you employment, consider putting your experience before your education.
  • Highlight Honours, Not GPA. A more significant percentage of companies and HRs look for what you have done and what you can offer, not your university’s grade. Although you can insert your GPA, it is not a big deal in the employment game. What can give you an edge is your honors, awards, and accomplishment.

By Isaac Onas

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