Get Me Noticed


I am a human resources professional that recruits and I see countless of resumes that do not pass the word go or have the ability to skip three spaces to advance in the hiring process. These are the resumes of applicants who are wondering why they did not receive a follow-up email or call from the company when the applicant is qualified for the position.

A recruiter spends an average of 37 seconds reviewing a resume and in those 37 seconds your resume has to be on point. Here are some tips for your resume to be notice:

  • Employment Gaps – An employment gap is a warning to the employer no matter the experience of the job seeker. Employment gaps can be no circumstance of the applicant. If you do have gaps, the gaps need to be explained in the cover letter or explained during your phone or face-to-face interview.
  • Spelling, Grammar, and Punctuation – Errors in these areas can indicate to an employer the type of employee they can expect. This displays sloppiness, no organization, and no pride in a finished product.
  • Resume Written in 1st or 3rd Person – The last thing that I want to read is a resume written with statements with I, I, I…blah-blah-blah.” Remember that a resume is a quick reference not a biography.
  • Pictures, Graphics or URL Links – If you are a model or applying for an acting position I do not want to see your picture or web page.
  • Resume not sent as a WORD Attachment – Unless specifically requested do not send your resume in PDF, Mac file, etc. recruiters do not have time to download and convert files.
  • Font Choice – Fancy fonts will not get your resume noticed. If anything, the recruiter will say “next.” Do not use italics. Use 10 point Arial or Times New Roman for the body and 12 point bold for your headings.
  • Objectives – This

    is where you need to SELL yourself. Tell recruiters who you are and what you do at the top of your resume.. Give recruiters a “gotcha/grab” sentence. Customer this section with areas that are specific to the job description.

  • Personal Info – It is great that you have a hobby, but I do not want to know if you scrapbook or crochet.
  • Poor Formatting – Make sure your resume is clean, clear and not full of major formatting errors. Many formatting features will not view will on computer screens.
  • Duty Oriented – A good resume details your accomplishments not a list of your job duties.

Now that you have these tips, review your resume and revise it so that you are noticed.

Melanie D. Johnson, HR Contributor