Hiring Managers See in Resume

What Hiring Managers Need to See in Your Resume

I recently shadowed a hiring manager as he screened resumes. Over 100 applicants for 2 open roles.

I witnessed how challenging it was for someone to read a lot of resumes that all looked and sounded the same – and try to identify top candidates. Out of 110 resumes received, the hiring manager felt that less than 10% were well-written AND a good match.

The biggest mistakes most of these applicants made in their resume?

They copied and pasted job descriptions into their roles and included ZERO measurable facts. Or they included irrelevant details (tip: if you are applying for a hardware role don’t focus on software skills).

Without proof of ability it was extremely difficult for the hiring manager to measure a person’s actual level of skill and confidently process the file into the YES pile.

Hardly anyone backed up their claims.

The majority of resumes blended together in both look and content.


To get your resume screened into the YES pile with more ease – place more effort on content:

✔️ Tailor it

✔️ Be specific

✔️ Provide examples

✔️ Share results

✔️ List only related/relevant content

✔️ And for goodness’ sake spell check!


Looking for resources to help you create a resume that resonates?  Try these:


Adrienne Tom

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