Searching for a job requires a good memory. From tips for navigating online job boards, to resume formatting guidelines, to interview faux pas, there is a lot of important information to remember! That’s why we’re spending this week sharing our recruiters’ top tips for job seekers in three common areas of concern: resume errors, follow-up flubs and interview missteps. Welcome to Medix’s Recruiter Cheat Sheet series! Each day, we’ll share an easy to save list of top reminders straight from the source.
First and foremost, an active job candidate must be prepared with an up-to-date, professional resume document. Not only is this necessary for most online applications, a professional resume can act as a potential employer’s first introduction to your life and experiences. Unfortunately, there are a multitude of unwritten rules and expectations surrounding resumes.
Here are Medix recruiters’ top tips for job seekers about avoiding resume errors:
- Before you start creating or revising your new resume, keep these tips directly from our recruiters in mind:
- Always include your contact information at the very top of the resume and make it easy to find.
- Remember to include a current, permanent address. If you are living at school, it’s nice to know where you will relocate to after graduation.
- Make sure all of your information is up to date. If you check a school email instead of a personal email, make sure to include the account that you access most often.
- If you live at school or don’t access a landline often, list your cellphone instead of home phone.
- Check for spelling and grammar errors prior to submitting to a recruiter. Then, check again!
- Use a font that is easy to read, and don’t get too creative with a PDF or heavily graphically designed resume – unless that is your field. If you are looking for business roles, keep it simple and concise; send resumes in a plain Word format to recruiters.
- If you don’t already have a professional email, create one. Simply use your first and last name; don’t use other words in your email account name.
If you’re concerned about rebooting your resume, print out these recruiter tips as a handy reminder of what to remember. Do you have any resume tips to share? Join the conversation below!