Think like a headhunter – resume tips

bivium logoSo, you’ve found the perfect job and you’ve fired off your resume… and poof! nothing happens. As someone who reads and screens about 100-125 resumes a day, I can offer a few things that I look for, and things than turn me off — #1 poor spelling or grammar – if you are that careless now, I won’t even bother to read further. #2 Generic objectives – better to NOT have an objective if you cannot customize this to the role you’re interested in. #3 Unimpressive or undetailed descriptions of your work — I want to read the nitty-gritty details of the languages, OSs, toolkits and problems YOU solved — tell me the overall architecture, the problems you faced and what YOU did to solve this. This is where the rubber meets the road — were you a cog in the wheel (and a minor one at that) – or were you a key team member? If you’re a ‘star’ but your resume looks like a ‘scrub’ you have nobody to blame but yourself. Take a few extra moments to make that first impression with someone like me a great one!!

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4 comments
  1. Hi Scott,

    Just read your blog after receiving an email from you. Your resume tips are right on the money — as someone who reviews plenty of resumes, I share the same thoughts.

    I would also add that a tailored cover letter that expresses one’s interest in a position is a big plus for me — particularly if the resume doesn’t exhibit experience that is directly relevant to the position being sought.

    -Dave

  2. Donna said:

    you spelled bother wrong…

  3. sandrar said:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

  4. Hmm it appears like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog blogger but I’m still new to everything. Do you have any recommendations for inexperienced blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate
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