The Best of 2014: Resume Tips From Headhunters

The year is drawing to an end … A year full of success and experiences, and above all full of interesting discussions and valuable advice. Such as our numerous interviews with headhunters and top executive recruiters.In the past few months, week after week you’re received exclusive insights as a reader of our blog. Be that on how headhunters define a top manager or what questions you should ask headhunters as a candidate. We found resume tips from headhunters particularly interesting for our candidates and job seekers and  therefore at the end of the year we now present a “best of 2014”. If you didn’t already have a New Year’s resolution, these tips on optimizing your resume may help…

 The best resume tips from headhunters

Experteer presents: The best resume tips from headhunters in 2014


Annekathrin Vollbrecht, xinonet GmbH: A creative and content “roter Faden” or a “leitmotif” on your CV. I want to get a real feel for the people, their skills and experience.

Roland Netter, GKM-recruitment AG: Continuity and consistency. These must be clearly identifiable and cover the basic requirements for the task. No artificiality.

Georg J. Baar, GEJOBA Consulting: The CV should meet today’s requirements. A clear complete time documentation of the individual professional sections should be present. The cover letter should also have details on the key attributes that characterize the person.

Kai Matthias Liebe, LSG & Kollegen GmbH: We pay particular attention to the plausibility of the recent changes in a resume. For us, the questioning of these points is an essential component to discuss the true motives of the person concerned. It is critical that our candidates do not change purely only from monetary reasons, but also due to perspective and content factors.

Erni Curk, Profil Group: Above all a resume has to be well structured. If all important information are clearly presented and easy to find, it will save time to the reader (potential future employer) and make the candidate immediately appear an effective & goal oriented person. The parts that can obviously not be skipped are contact details, education and of course career history (previous jobs and employers, with a description of tasks and responsibilities). Other details such as additional education, knowledge, skills and interests give broader picture about a candidate. Some creativity with the design is also welcomed and will make your resume noticeable, but the most important thing is still presenting yourself in aconcise, clear and transparent way with strong relation to job position applied. If you have excellent resume and apply to “wrong” position without additional explanation, your candidacy can fall in the eyes of recruiter.

Rebecca Schween, Worldkonnekt: The first thing we look at, as recruiters, is the stability of the CV. Recruiters and hiring managers initially skim CVs for no more than 30 seconds, so the candidate has to make the right impression and ensure important information can be read easily. If there are any major gaps it is best to explain these upfront. At the same time, the CV should be succinct, no more than two pages and clearly structured listing all relevant information. Given that most candidates are on LinkedIn or Xing or Experteer for specialized senior professionals it is important that the CV mirrors the profile there.

Jorg Stegemann, Kennedy Executive: A resume is like a menu in a restaurant. I want to understand and like what I read. At the same time, the presentation from a candidate shows how he/she is able to prioritize and clearly indicate the most important details.  Therefore, a two pager is more than sufficient, and I’d even recommend not having any more than 5 bullet points for any work experience that is over 10 years old. Typos are in all cases inexcusable. After all, if someone can’t put his/her own CV right- then what can one expect from the quality of his/her work?

Clive Green, KellerGreen Consulting: The one thing I look for in a resume is I try and see if I can I understand who the person is and what they do instantly from it.  A CV needs to tell a story and answer questions before they have even been raised and a good CV does this without you having to think about it.  A CV can never show you if the person has the right personality, but it is there in the first instance to show you have the hard skills and profile for the role.

We wish you much fun trying and hope that these tips will get you closer to your next senior position!

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