National online recruiting expert Climber.com improves job seekers' resumes
July 09, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsSan Diego, CA – July 9, 2010 – Most job seekers are satisfied with a resume that does a "good" job positioning them and presenting their skills and experience. But according to national online recruiting expert Climber.com, "good" isn't enough in today's tight job market-particularly at the leadership level.
"Would you allow the brakes on your car to just be 'good enough'?" asks Climber.com founder and CEO Mike O'Brien. "How about your parachute? What we're finding in today's recruiting environment is that a job seeker's resume has become the key to unlocking doors at a new organization-or keeping them slammed shut. If your resume isn't a perfect representation of your skills, accomplishments and experience, you're just standing in your own way."
To help job searchers determine if their resumes make the cut, Climber.com has developed a free Resume Analysis for members, available by calling toll-free at 1-800-374-7113. But whether searchers seek outside assistance or update their resumes themselves, resume improvement has become a critical part of the job search process.
"Recruiters are now reviewing at least 300 resumes per posted position," explains O'Brien. "If your resume has errors, is not easily scanned, or does not properly sell you as a candidate, you will likely end up in the 'no' pile."
After watching recruiters sort through thousands of resumes, Climber.com learned these valuable tips:
- Use Generic 12pt fonts. Climber.com's recruiters became visibly frustrated when
they had to increase the font size so they could read it.
- Save your resume as a Word or .pdf file-nothing else. A number of resumes that cross recruiters' desks are saved as CSV or RTF files-but this approach can be dangerous. More than one recruiter said that they are unable to open odd files due to their company's policies.
- Create an easily-scanned document: Experienced recruiters can scan a resume in less
than 30 seconds. They have trained themselves to process a resume quickly, and then sort it into the "yes" pile or the "no" pile. Resumes that appear confusing or too dense don't fare well in this system.
- Provide context for little-known companies. If you've worked at a company that isn't top-of-mind for a recruiter, explain a bit about the organization within your resume. For example, the following description not only names the organization, but positions it well for a recruiter's consideration:
"Stem Company ABC, a $30,000,000 leading manufacturer of Stem Cell Equipment located in the New York with approximately 300 employees"
To help its members navigate the resume review process, Climber.com recently added a complimentary Resume Analysis for all Climber Premier members – and according to O'Brien, the service has grown far more quickly than anticipated. "Our process is unique," explains O'Brien. "First, we have professional recruiters (who have reviewed thousands of resumes) review a member's resume. They then provide that member with insightful feedback that helps the member construct a better resume which leads to more interviews." The service is available for all Climber Premier Members who have uploaded their resumes at www.climber.com.
For more information about Climber Premier Membership or the complimentary Resume Analysis, go to http://www.climber.com
Climber.com is a ground-breaking online career management site for today's highly diverse, talented professionals and the companies who seek to employ them. With exclusive, in-depth online career profiles, Climber.com creates a Personal Brand for its members and then markets that brand via a highly-targeted recruiting process, reaching key decision makers at an applicant's preferred companies nationwide. With its unique, fully Search Engine Optimized profiles, Climber.com reaches more than 100,000 recruiting and hiring managers each month, and helps more than 750,000 job seekers every month pursue their career goals. For more information, visit www.Climber.com.