After you send out your 64th resume, you may be thinking to yourself what are hiring managers looking for exactly?

While we cannot answer what every hiring manager is focusing on when they read your resume, Quora and Mashable did attempt to give us a peak into the mind of a recruiter. They asked Ambra Benjamin, who is an engineering recruiter at Facebook, and the answer may surprise you.

It actually depends on the level of position you are applying for. Ambra broke it down answering what she looks for in a mid-to senior level position and then explained the things she rarely notices, things she wishes people would put on their resume, and what she wishes people would stop doing.

We’re going to share a few highlights from the article. To read the piece in its entirety, head over to Mashable:

  • Check your resume to make sure it shows career progression, increasing levels of responsibility, and your job titles make sense for the position you’re applying for.
  • Have an online presence – personal website, Twitter, GitHub, etc. It’s not about what you post necessarily, but about who you follow and who follows you. And consider adding the URLs to your resume to make it easier on the hiring manager.
  • Check your spelling, grammar, and insure that your ideas are clear.
  • Don’t waste your time with fancy formatting. Many companies use an applicant tracking system, which will convert your resume to text; so there is a chance they will never see the hard copy or PDF of your resume.
  • Proofread your resume to make sure it’s all in the same tense. This Facebook recruiter suggests third person and past tense.
  • Do not address a resume or cover letter to the CEO of the company.
  • Stay away from Microsoft Office resume templates.

For more resume advice or help with your job search, contact a local staffing agency. If you’re in Dallas-Fort Worth and looking for an IT position, give us a call at Maxsys Solutions.

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