PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- The recruitment professionals at AGE121
have seen a plethora of resumes--some of which have been outstanding and some of which got little more than a quick glance as they landed in the trash. In many instances, though, it can prove quite difficult for job candidates to determine what, exactly, will keep their resumes from falling into the latter category.
According to a recent article
published by The Wall Street Journal, there are several factors that candidates should keep in mind when writing their resumes in order to get the best response possible. The professionals at AGE121 believe that these factors, which address common resume writing mistakes, are pivotal in the drafting of an effective, polished, and professional document.
One of the most common errors that individuals make is to include less than professional contact information. A cell phone is best as a contact number, but only if the voicemail message is professional and reflects the sense of responsibility and positivity that recruiters want to see in their candidates. Additionally, email addresses are essential to provide, but can harm the odds of a candidate being interviewed if the address is immature. Job seekers should rerecord their voicemail message and choose a professional email address (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org
) to ensure that they are reflecting the right image.
When crafting a resume, it can prove easy to fall into the trap of using cliche phrases, like "people person" or "team player." Finding creative and new ways to represent one's working style and experience shows initiative and innovation for which many employers are looking. A good rule of thumb is to incorporate verbiage from the job posting, because this will help the resume pass through any digital scanners that are used and catch the attention of recruiters, hiring managers, and HR representatives.
The professionals at AGE121 assert that choosing the right verbiage is key, as professionals in different industries will be on the lookout for certain field-related buzzwords. For example, executive level professionals are often expected to excel in change management. Likewise, sales professionals who have contract negotiation skills and sales strategy development experience are preferred. Learning these industry-specific phrases is the best way to ensure that the resume is targeting the job at hand and obtaining a higher degree of attention from its readers. Taking cues from job descriptions is a wonderful way to achieve this goal.
Finally, one of the most important pieces of information that the article offers is to use action verbs. While it can be easier to write "Responsible for," and then list a set of tasks, this shows little to no personality and does not catch the attention of readers. Instead, strong words like "spearheaded," "championed," "managed," "directed," "launched," etc. can make a greater impact.
The professionals at AGE121 encourage individuals to make sure that their resumes are polished and perfected before distributing them to possible employers and recruiters.
A professional development and training company, AGE121 is based in London, England. The organization specializes in providing training, recruitment, and other key services to its extensive clientele, which spans multiple industries and has benefitted from the company's 99 percent success rate with regard to its many initiatives. The wide range of services offered by the organization ensures that it is able to best serve its clientele while meeting the demands of a fast-paced and ever-challenging field.