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Job seekers who are looking for a new job often don’t think about the person on the other side of the table during a job interview. If you’re applying for a recruiter job, on the other hand, it pays to think about the person who is receiving your resume, as you will be applying for a similar position. A recruiter could be a human resources specialist in a smaller company, or a defined team member excelling in talent acquisition for a larger organization. Here’s what you need to know about writing a resume to both impress a recruiter and get that recruiter job.
The structure of your resume will differ depending on your resume format. The order of sections on your resume will differ depending on if you choose a functional resume, where you’re emphasizing skills, a chronological resume, where you’re emphasizing work history, or a combination resume, where you’re emphasizing both. However, this is what you’ll usually include in your resume.
A resume header gives your contact information, including your name, phone and email address. You may also include a resume headline here, which is a one-line sentence that summarizes who you are for a recruiter.
Resume Summary/Resume Objective
Next is your resume summary or objective. This is a short paragraph that gives information about your top strengths and key achievements – in this case, knowledge of the hiring process. A resume summary is typically meant for people who have many years of experience, and it showcases everything you’ve done so far. A resume objective is meant for people who have less experience, and it includes a statement about your immediate career goals (e.g., getting a human resources job where you can use your soft skills and expertise).
Skills for recruiting cover a large array of areas. Check the job description for the traits and abilities you should shoot to include on your resume, and present a mix of hard skills and soft skills. Here are some skills that are commonly connected to recruiting work:
Your skills section should showcase these abilities and others that indicate you’re good at picking out potential candidates and taking them through the job search process.
Next is your work history. If you have recruiting experience or you previously worked as an HR manager or at a similar job, then this is where you need to feature that information. If you’re an entry-level recruiter, then you may not have much in the form of existing history, so you’ll likely need to rely on your skills, certifications and knowledge of the recruitment process instead. Read through recruiter resume examples to see how other job seekers might highlight their work history.
Your education section will typically include any professional education that you’ve taken to become a recruiter. This includes college experience and it may also include certifications. ResumeHelp can help you list education on your resume more effectively, regardless of what you’re currently interested in listing.
A cover letter is extremely important when it comes to any application. Make sure you know what to include in a cover letter, then use the ResumeHelp cover letter builder to create a cover letter that complements your resume in both content and layout.
If you don’t have much experience in the field of recruitment, don’t worry. Focus on the relevant skills you already have, and other types of experience, including volunteer and internship experience, that feature skills that connect with recruiting. You can also talk about sourcing talent in other jobs, even if recruitment wasn’t your primary job focus.
Every time you apply for a job, it’s important that you read the job description to see which keywords the company is looking for. Hiring managers that are looking for a recruiter want to see certain elements of the job description (such as “knowledge of recruiting software such as Workday”) reflected in your resume. Use those resume keywords to make sure your hiring manager sees the best elements of who you are for a specific job.
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