5 More Things Recruiters Look For On Your Resume

Last week, we presented you with 6 Things Recruiters Look For On Your Resume. Our partners at ExecutiveConnexions had even more insights from leading recruitment experts, so take a look at part 2 to learn more tips for making the most out of your CV.

5 more things executive recruiters look for on your resume

  • Recruiter Tip #7: “The candidate should present themselves as a ‘story’ outlining where they started and where they are now with more detail on the more recent roles.”
  • Recruiter Tip #8: “Don’t submit ‘War & Peace’. Use the STAR approach – Situation/ Task/ Action/ Results. Speak in ‘I did this and it resulted in this’.”

The STAR approach is a logical sequence of describing your achievements:

S is for Situation. This is the context or backdrop relevant to the point. Remember, someone has to read and ‘get’ each and every point on your CV without thinking too hard about it.

T is for Task. Describe the task you set yourself to correct the situation.

A is for Action. Outline the actual steps you took to resolve the situation as part of that action.

R is for Result. What tangible result was achieved by the steps taken in the points 1-3 above?

  • Recruiter Tip #9: “Clarity, 2 pages, a focus on output and achievement and clear progression.”
  • Recruiter Tip #10: “Presentation – no fluffy borders or cramped space. A minimum of a 10 point font.”

You might be wondering how you can possibly squeeze the contents of your CV into just 2 pages. Here are a few things you can do to reduce the length of your CV: set your page margins to narrow; lose the borders; be concise; and think carefully about your font choices.

Use a professional looking font that’s easy to read but also one that hasn’t been overused (think Times New Roman and Arial). My suggestion would be to use Garamond or Cambria, both of which can help you fit more text onto the page without sacrificing readability.

However, don’t obsess over the ‘2-page rule’, 3 is acceptable at senior executive level.

  • Recruiter Tip 11:“Up-to-date and relevant online profile and ability for video CVs for the future.”

Your online profile is key. Social media provides an opportunity to show that you are plugged into, and engaging with, the current market. It is now a central part of a reshaping of executive recruitment as organizations seek leaders who understand and can lead today’s organisations into tomorrow’s connected economy.

It’s important to remember that there are many variables to consider with regard to constructing your CV.

For example, if you’re seeking a new role in the same industry, you’ll want to highlight relevant previous experience. However, if you’re seeking a career change you might lead with your transferable skills and accomplishments rather than career history. You’ll also be aware of some cultural and country variations around CV practices.

It’s your own due diligence around exploring your options that will ensure you end up with a document that works for you; a CV that will be read and acted upon by a recruiter. In the end, that’s all that matters. So, don’t get too hung-up on the countless CV tips you see; sift through available information on CV writing and apply what works for you.



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