Recruiter Resume Tips with Amy from Chegg
Our team at MindSumo wants to provide you with the best resume tips from recruiters that actually make the hiring decision.
This week we have an especially awesome HR Thursday post which comes to us from Amy Knapp, an awesome campus recruiter at Chegg. So open up your resume and get ready to take some notes, because these stellar tips will get you from the middle of the application pile to the hiring managers desk!
What is the most common mistake you see on student resumes?
Spelling, formatting, length and font. Seriously – these may seem really basic, but if the resume is hard to read, has spelling or grammatical errors, is too long and in a font that is looked at as being “silly,” then it will most likely not get read.
I would suggest keeping resumes to one page, highlighting education first, any intern/work experience after, project/volunteer experience and then additional information (awards, recognition). Keep it concise, in chronological order (most recent items at the top) and one page if possible. Time New Roman is a great font to use for a professional resume. Have someone else proofread your resume so you can catch any grammatical or spelling errors.
Oh – and please remember to include contact information!
What is the most unique achievement or accolade you have seen on a resume?
A candidate once had appeared on a soap opera and had received a Soap Opera Digest Award for “Best Hair.” She listed it exactly like that and then said “(seriously)”. Just the fact that she put all of that (especially the last part) on her resume showed me she had an interesting background, but also a sense of humor. She also had the right skills for the job, but it did make for some cool ice breakers in interviews.
Do you prefer resumes go into detail about work history or take a short but sweet approach?
Short and concise is always best. If a resume is too long or hard to read, it won’t be read. It should list work history and highlight the main achievements you want to showcase. Be specific with those achievements. Either have the listed in bullets or a paragraph – either is fine, but just make it consistent throughout the resume.
As a junior or senior in college, is it wise if your resume lists achievements from high school?
I wouldn’t – I think it’s good to show what you have done in college and how you’ve grown and been well rounded after high school.
What is your favorite part about working at Chegg?
I love my job – I get to work with every group in the company so I know different
employees in various roles, from interns to executives. It has allowed me to really see the amazing talent we have here and how each and every person is contributing to the overall mission of the company. It makes it an easy sell to candidates – because people
understand our mission and vision and after they meet our folks, they are sold!
Any other comments or resume tips?
I know searching for an internship or new role after graduation can be daunting, but don’t feel overwhelmed. Utilize your existing networks by informing people you already know that you are actively seeking employment. You’ll be surprised how powerful your network is (someone in my book club connected me with my previous job). Give them a fairly good idea of what you want to do, so your connections can keep their eyes open for opportunities that may fit.
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