How Employers Analyze Your Resume

Do you know that employers have only twenty seconds to screen your resume? Writing an easy-to-read resume actually increases your chance to get shortlisted for further testing and/or interview opportunity. When your resume doesn’t make sense to them, they will probably discard your application.

The style of resume and how long it is that you use for job application might not be a matter as long as it is informative and can talk on behalf of you to employers. However, you should choose the ones which are practical used in your country, or employers will find it hard to screen information in your resume.

No matter how you write your resume, it is helpful to bear in mind with 9 things which most employers analyze when they screen your resume.

Also read: Job Interview Tips: Before, During, and After

1. Job progression

In experience section of your resume, the first thing employers look for is relevant working experience. If you have been working long, your resume should show your growth in your career. Your job progression could be in one or different companies, but make sure that it makes sense to employers. For example, you are not recommended to write that you started a job in management level. In such case, you need to explain it hard, especially during the interview.

2. Emphasis on experience

Too much emphasis on education, extracurricular activities, volunteer activities, hobbies, or professional association memberships usually leads to the signs of inexperienced application. If you are a professional, experienced staff, it is better to reduce unnecessary, non-experienced things. In contrast, if you are a fresh graduate, it helps to include them in your resume, but not too much of them.

3. Date of employment

For every job movement, employers need to see clear working date. Both starting and ending date for each employment are expected to clearly state its months and years, so that employers can figure out how long you stay at a job. Exaggeration about employment date is not acceptable and will lowers your credit if they find out you cheat.

4. Job duties/responsibilities

Under position title, your job duties and responsibilities are supposed to tell employers how much you are involved in your roles. Therefore, it is advantageous to list down your main responsibilities as bullet points- also it’s easy to read. Beside those, employers notice your management ability by looking at the number of subordinates under your supervision while reporting line indicates how senior you are.

5. Gaps in employment

Professional recruiters suggest no gaps in employment because it results badly in next job application. Even though sometimes the reason can be explained during job interview, it gives negative judgment on your resume to employers during they screen your profile. Some serious employers may not even give you a chance of being shortlisted when seeing undesired gaps of previous employment. If your absenteeism in previous jobs is a must due to certain reasons, do briefly include in your reason of leaving.

6. Job hopping

Job hopping refers to a short period of time in a job or changing many jobs within a short period of employment. Absolutely, it is not good to move from one job to another within every three or six months because employers do not wish to see your poor loyalty to previous employers. Spending at least two years at a company is just fine while it is better to stay three years or longer with each employers.

7. Typographical errors

It is important that you need to avoid making grammatical or vocabulary mistakes in your resume because these errors cost you a lot. From employers’ point of view, typographical errors signal inability and/or poor attention to detail. Moreover, if it is not your native language, this kind of errors lower your foreign language score.

8. Order of information

Employers wish to see relevant and important information first, so place it at the top accordingly. For example, you are expected to write your current role as sales manager on the top of your previous sales supervisor in your experience section.

9. Education

Similar to working experience, you should place your current/last education first- from most to the least current. Seriously, employers usually don’t consider job application with exceeding educational degree as well as the one lower than the position you’re applying for. For example, application for receptionist does not prefer candidates with master or higher degrees.

As mentioned above, in their application screening process, employers take a careful and critical look at many things stated in your resume, so having just a resume is not enough. You must write smart resume which is able to present your profile effectively to your prospective employers. Make sure that it can explain, solve problem, and fight for interview opportunity on behalf of you.

Your turn!

If you are a recruiter, how do you analyze candidates’ resume?

If you are a candidate, is it fair enough for you?

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