5 Resume Traits That Will Get You Hired

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5 Resume Traits That Will Get You Hired

When I ask job seekers to name their biggest gripes with the job search process, one answer keeps coming up: Employers never respond to their job applications or resumes.  So, what 5 resume traits will get you hired?  Here is a top five checklist of items that you should consider in preparing your resume:

1. Professional appearance

Looks matter, and not just during the interview. If your resume appears slapped together, you’re not going to make a positive first impression and invite the recruiter to want to read the specific content.

  • Does the resume look professional? There are free resume templates available on the Web. Search Google and find one you like, and edit it to reflect your experience.
  • Are margins at least ½” on all sides, but no more than 1″?
  • If the resume is over one page in length, is it warranted? A good rule of thumb: one page equals 10 years’ experience.
  • Are bold and italics used selectively to emphasize important information?

2. Well-organized

Clean and simple is the best. It should be easy to skim and see the progression of your work experience. Is there enough information within each section to substantiate the need for a heading?

  • Is there one space between each section?
  • Is the content of each section single spaced?

3. Compelling content

Companies are interested in hiring people who can make their organizations better. List accomplishments—not tasks. Your resume should indicate how you’ve created success for your past employers.

  • Is information relevant to your career interest area? If not, consider being brief in these irrelevant areas if your resume is exceeding a single page.
  • Is information provided in short phrases, not sentences?
  • Does the content focus on responsibilities and accomplishments?
  • Does each entry include an easy-to-understand job title?
  • If the job is not obvious, does the entry include three to five responsibilities, tasks, special projects or accomplishments to describe the job?
  • Are numbers, data, dollar amounts or percentages used to quantify job duties and results (if applicable)?
  • Do the skills and keywords have a high match rate to the most frequently desired skills by employers?

4. Mistake free

Ask a friend to review your resume after you run a spell-check to correct simple mistakes that could rule you out of being considered.

  • Is the resume free of errors in English grammar, spelling and vocabulary?
  • Is the resume free of punctuation errors?
  • Is capitalization used appropriately?

5. Contacts

At the risk of stating the obvious…

  • Is your name on the resume?
  • How about your current address, email and phone number?

If you can confidently answer these questions and an unbiased friend confirms, your resume is much more likely to be recruiter-ready! Now you’re ready to start being discovered by potential employers.

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Do your resume and  interview skills pass the test?  Do you need some assistance in improving your interview persona?  If so, contact a Career Counselor with Lexacount Search’s Career Consulting Services.  If you are interested in learning more about finance and accounting industry opportunities, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Finance Group.  Or, if you are interested in attorney or other roles in the legal industry, contact a Search Consultant from Lexacount Search’s Legal Group.


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Lexacount Search is a boutique recruiting and staffing company, focusing on permanent placement for legal and accounting professionals. We place attorneys, paralegals, accountants, and contract specialists with law firms and corporations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and nationwide. Equidistant from New York and Washington, D.C., our offices are located in suburban Philadelphia. Our search consultants have a range of experiences as lawyers, paralegals, law clerks, accountants and accounting clerks. These backgrounds make our consultants uniquely qualified to match your skills and career goals with permanent positions with our clients. Whether you are a lawyer, paralegal, law clerk, accountant, accounting clerk or other skilled professional, Lexacount will provide you with a variety of available career opportunities.

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