Pro Resume Tips: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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Pro Resume Tips: A Recruiter’s Perspective

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Laura Machan

Laura Machan

Laura Machan is a Partner, Talent Acquisition Group at Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions 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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Do you know where your resume is? When was the last time you updated it?

I know you don’t need any more pressure in your life but keeping an outdated resume on a memory stick or worse, on your work computer is not going to cut it.

Telling a recruiter to refer to your LinkedIn profile is not the answer either. Sure you can keep it up to date, but it is never going to have all the information that a resume will nor can it be forwarded to someone else.

When a person of influence says “send your resume and let’s talk”, they don’t mean next week when you get your act together. They mean in the next 24 hours.

Spending time at work or time after midnight updating what you have been doing for the last two years is really not going to show your best self.

Tips:

  1. Put an appointment in your calendar to review your resume every month.
  2. Keep it in the cloud (dropbox, google drive)
  3. If you are starting from scratch, use the templates that are set up in Word and Pages. They are clean and attractive and will give you a strong framework to start with.
  4. Send your resume to at least two friends (best if you can find an English teacher) to check your spelling and grammar.

If you get lost in the weeds reading blogs and articles about resume building and formatting, remember this: it is a document that represents what you do and where you have done it. You can listen to all kinds of arguments about fonts and styles but ultimately, if you feel proud when you hand it to someone, you have done it right.

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