Did you know that only about .0035 percent of jobs are acquired through recruiters? In fact, many small and medium-size companies don’t use recruiters at all. Even for those companies that do, the recruiter is not the only channel through which you can gain a hiring manager’s attention. So, if you’re writing just to a recruiter’s specifications, you may be pleasing him or her but winnowing out a majority of other folks in the process. Not everyone wants to see the same format or content that a recruiter seeks.
Recruiters often look for just the bare facts and more staid designs and wording. To their credit, this strategy makes their job easier to scan a bunch of resumes and to trim the candidate pool on behalf of their client–the company. Also, they look for perfect square candidates to perfectly fit the square holes that their clients require them to fill, so if you are transitioning industries or sectors or types of roles, your best bet is to market your value outside of the recruiters’ radar.
Most people fear that colorful resumes will risk rejection. The fact is, more people lose opportunities to other candidates because they cave into that fear. Because of their unease, many people flail when it comes to building persuasive resumes. Resumes are marketing documents. And marketing requires creativity along with a willingness to get uncomfortable.
This slideshow features three resume missteps that job seekers make every day, along with ways to rectify them, identified by Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, a Glassdoor career and workplace expert. By expanding your vision of a contemporary, high-performing resume, you will empower your job search and land more (and more focused) interview opportunities.