We see hundreds, if not even thousands, resume in a year, here at AIM HEALTHCARE RECRUITING. As you can imagine, we have seen some of the best and some of the worst practices when it comes to resumes a how they look. This puts us in a great position to shed some light on resume DO’s. If you follow the following guidelines you are sure to be more successful in your search.
1- Have 1 to 2 pages resume – (maximum!)
Only if you are a very senior level person your resume should be more than one or two pages long, and even then, think carefully! We suggest you keep it to two. Believe us, we have seen people make this mistake (and putting together a resume of 5 to 10 pages) and it is safe to say, their resume will get lost along the way. Recruiters, and hiring managers alike, scroll down within a matter of seconds and focus on the most important information – your longevity at each job, your title, and your education. From there if that information is satisfactory, they will want to read your job description and duties.
2- Use a simple font.
When it comes to resumes, simple, sans serif fonts like Verdana or Arial are best. Avoid serif fonts like Times or Cambria to minimize the possibility of errors when your resume is scanned by ATS software.
3- Send your resume in Word Format.
It is the easiest way to parse into most ATS recruiting databases.
4- Keep all in one color.
Use a bit of bolding and be very careful about italicizing words. Not only is this nicer for the person reading it, it will make it easier for screening software to read as well.
5- Start with how you are suited for the job.
Starting with an Objective line is an outdated way to start your resume. Instead, describe why how are qualified for the job or why you are the best candidate for it.
6- Use fresher and less used words to describe yourself and your skills.
Avoid creative, strategic, driven, passionate, motivated, track record, innovative, extensive experience, dynamic, expert, responsible, and organizational at the very least. These words are like nails on chalkboard for recruiters or hiring manager, because they see them again and again. Your resume will stand out if you demonstrate that you are these things instead of just stating it using stale words and trite phrases.
7- Be honest.
Believe it or not we still come in contact with candidates who are not honest about their experience or longevity at a job and it just isn’t worth it. Pretty quickly, people will find out the truth. Sometimes the hiring company would not have cared about the lack of a degree or the fact that you have a gap in your employment but the fact that you lied about it is what will prevent them from hiring you.
8- Keep it short, simple and clean.
AIM Healthcare Recruiting
Your Long Term Care Specialists