The Audacious Resume: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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The Audacious Resume: A Recruiter’s Perspective
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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Recruitment Solutions major human resources consulting firm based in Toronto, Ontario. Although she has been recruiting for quite a few years, she still gets a big thrill from calling someone to set up an interview and an even bigger thrill when she hears a happy dance as she tells them when their new job starts. Laura lives with her family in Oakville, where she has lived for over 25 years, and is a significant contributor to the Canadian Federation of University Women - Oakville and Women in Nuclear, Golden Horseshoe Chapter.

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Would you describe your resume as bold or gutsy?

Probably not. Most people’s resumes aren’t. Their resume is a lackluster description of the jobs that they have done since they graduated.

Sometimes there are “highlights” or “action verbs” but they don’t always present the skills and experience behind your very successful career. You really need to put on your marketing hat when you look at your resume. You want to create a real interest in what you have to contribute.

A bold resume clearly states what you are good at and more importantly, what problems you can solve.

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  1. I create software that makes your process faster.
  2. I build highly productive sales teams.
  3. I resolve customer issues quickly and effectively.
  4. I can identify and attract candidates that will thrive in your demanding culture.

This is what a hiring manager needs to see. They don’t have time to get to the bottom of the first page to figure out what you can contribute to their team. They need it to be front and centre.

In order to do this, you need to know what you are really good at. Try this: distill your work/career/experience into just three words. Yes, only three. It’s hard but when you get three words that are happy with, you can use them as the foundation for your newly refreshed and revised audacious resume.

You can follow Laura Machan on her twitter account @recruiterscouch. A complete list of her articles can be found here.

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