Have you ever submitted a resume for a job opening, certain it is the perfect match for your skills only to never receive an offer? Sometimes it’s a mystery as to what recruiters and hiring managers are searching for in a good candidate. Below are common questions recruiters receive and answers to your inquiries.


Q: What do recruiters look for in a resume?

Recruiters look at your experience. If you are a recent grad, recruiters look at your internship history. Candidates that worked at agencies or large corporations generally jump to the top of the list.  They way you describe your duties of a past job or internship give recruiters a good idea of your experience


If you already have years of job experience, recruiters look at companies you worked for and past job titles. This allows them to see the career path you traveled, your skills, insight into what your next natural steps might be.


Q: I have great experience! Why didn’t I get the job?

Recruiters phone screen and meet with many candidates, all of whom would like to be chosen for a job opportunity. Having a positive attitude during the interview, whether in person or over the phone, is essential. Your attitude and personality during the interview is being analyzed to see how you might fit with potential companies. Companies also have a very specific skill set that they are searching for, which narrows their candidate pool considerably.


Q: How can I stand apart from the crowd?

Is your resume polished and easy to read? Do you show up to an interview in sweats? (It has happened!) Are you prepared to answer questions? Recruiters look at all of these factors during interviews and meeting job hunters at networking events. You should look professional and have a pitch in your mind so you are able to answer questions such as “what are you looking for in a position?” If you are unsure of the answer, how can you expect recruiters to know how to help you?  If you are passionate and prepared, recruiters will take notice.  


Experience, attitude, and presentation are all important factors in a hiring decision. Candidates should refine their pitch and keep an upbeat attitude in preparation to meeting a recruiter or hiring manager. 

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