“The average recruiter will spend no more than six seconds on a resume. So you have six seconds to get my attention” says Maurice Fernandes, Manager, Career Education at Toronto Metropolitan University. Fernandes switched to counselling after a 23-year career in HR and recruitment. Now he shares his insider secrets for building a resume that recruiters will notice.
Fernandes describes a resume as a 1-2 page marketing document that tells your story with relevant past and present experience. Applicants should always personalize their resume by sharing experiences where the skills needed and the tasks executed match the job posting.
Fernandes advises jobseekers to use a master template with all their work experience when tailoring their resumes. This way, applicants can simply copy the document and delete content that does not relate to the role.
2. Summary of Qualifications
3. Your educational background
4. Use the same vernacular included in the job posting
Fernandes discussed how resumes have changed from focusing on duties and responsibilities to emphasizing skills and results. Keep this in mind when creating the qualifying and quantifying statements related to your work.
Fernandes explained that applicants can format their resumes on free and accessible platforms like Google Docs or Microsoft Word. For a more creative job, applicants can use inventive design as long as they follow the key tenants listed above.
Fernandes noted that despite software like the applicant tracking system, a recruiter still chooses who gets an interview. Applicants should “write to the human” and tell an authentic story with their resume.
He also suggests writing a cover letter, being knowledgeable about the company, networking with industry professionals, and having transferable skills like communication, quick learning, and collaboration to increase career options.
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