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What are Recruiters Looking for in a Resume?

At Revision Resume, we communicate with recruiters and hiring managers to ensure the documents we are providing meet the standards they are expecting. We recognize that industry guidelines change over time, and always want to be up-to-date on the latest expectations.

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Recently, we had a conversation with Senior Corporate Recruiter Michael Reidy, from Curbio. In order to assist job-seekers reading our blog, we have summarized below a question and answer session that occurred during that discussion. Note: these are not direct quotes but paraphrased answers for brevity.

Do Recruiters Use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

Person putting a resume in a filing cabinet

Yes, some recruiters use an ATS as a filing cabinet. When used as a filing cabinet, the ATS helps organize the process, but does not bounce resumes based on keywords. Other recruitment organizations use an ATS to eliminate potential candidates based on keywords.

What Makes a Recruiter Reject a Resume Right Away?

  1. Lack of information. Most resumes should be longer than one page so details can be included. Each job should have 5 or 6 bullet points listing actions and results.

  2. Strange fonts that are hard to read or visually unappealing.

  3. Inappropriate or outdated formatting.

Do You Keep Resumes that You Rejected for Potential Future Opportunities?

Yes! Resumes that look great but aren't a perfect match for the current opening are kept on file. If a future role opens in which the resume is a better match, the job candidate will be called. However, not all recruiters may have this option, depending on how they are utilizing the ATS. If an ATS rejects a resume due to keywords, it may not retain it for future opportunities.

What are Some Important Soft Skills In Your Opinion?

  • Communication

  • Problem Solving

  • Interpersonal skills such as Customer Service

In 2022, Will the Hiring Process Remain Remote?

At this point in time, recruitment is still being done remotely. The process typically involves a phone interview, followed by a Zoom interview.

Any General Advice for Job Seekers?

Yes! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Tailor your resume to the position you are applying for. Don't use the same one over and over for dozens of different job openings.

  • Include a cover letter even if it is not required.

  • Consider sending a thank you note after an interview.

We are grateful for the time Michael Reidy spent sharing his thoughts on the current job market and application process. And we couldn’t agree more with his opinion that "Resume Writing Does Matter!"

Our Final Thoughts

Having a proofread, properly formatted, up-to-date resume is necessary to get called for an interview.

Don't risk rejection just because your resume is not properly revised. Should you need help creating a polished resume, reach out to Revision Resume. We are here to help you stand out against the competition with our personalized approach and professional knowledge of the most current industry standards.

Whether you need your resume critiqued, or one written from scratch, our goal is to help you land that interview! To learn more, email us at or fill out our contact us form here.

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What’s Next?  With the Right Resume, the Sky’s the Limit!

The challenge for most job applicants is crafting the right resume. 

Revision Resume is here to help offering the following writing services:

Resume critiques are also offered to those who have already created their own resume but would like a second set of eyes to check for errors and to ensure the document is up to modern standards!

With up-to-the-minute knowledge of the hiring industry, Revision Resume can make sure you are submitting the right resume!

In addition to our blog that is packed with useful information and tips, Revision Resume also offers a monthly newsletter and group educational programs. 

Finally, for the "do-it-yourselfer," we offer a checklist package that helps you ensure you haven't missed any vital details. 


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