What 10 sections recruiters and hiring managers are looking for in a business resume
1. Your Bio
Besides your name, a short (a few words to a sentence) description of who you are and/or what your goal is can be very effective. The idea is that a section like this sets the stage for the rest of the resume. So, when your resume mentions some facts about you, the recruiter considers those facts in the context of your mission. This makes the rest of your resume that much more effective.
2. Your Strengths
This is a great way to brag a little. You should be proving your abilities throughout your resume with concrete numbers, but here you can put a name to them. So maybe you’ve mentioned several areas where you’ve been a leader, so you can add it to your strengths to reinforce the point.
3. Your Experience
This is the section which forms the heart of nearly any business resume. However, getting it right is trickier than it may seem. Be sure to include bullets showing the impact you had in each position and don’t list every job you’ve had going back to high school. The key here is to make tough choices and only include what a recruiter wants to see.
4. Your Uniqueness
The “my time” section is an Enhancv exclusive and the perfect place to get creative. You can use it to show where you’ve focused your career, how you spent a typical day, or even how you would allocate your ideal investment portfolio.
5. Your Languages
You may be thinking that speaking multiple languages isn’t relevant for your business career, but speaking at least one other languages increases your cognitive abilities and the likelihood you’ll get hired. So if you’re a real polyglot, it’s worth mentioning.
6. What you’re most proud of
This is the perfect place to talk about something you think is amazing about yourself but which doesn’t fit neatly into any other resume section. Here, you can share an endearing story, talk about a time when you overcame significant hardship, or even make a recruiter laugh (if you think that would be effective in the context).
7. Your philosophy
Do you have a core philosophy of business? A quote or basic idea which guides all of your decisions? Is Jack Welch your hero or are you a “move fast and break things” kind of person? This is the perfect place to mention it. This kind of information really tells a recruiter where you stand, whether you will fit into their company culture, and how you approach problems.
8. Your favorite business books
Similar to a philosophy section, including the business books which have shaped your thinking is a quick way to help a recruiter understand you better. This can be an effective way to show that you can fit into a company culture and understand a company’s values.
9. Your contact information
This may seem obvious, however, this is more complicated than it seems. Be sure to spent a minute thinking about how you’d like to be contacts and what type of information is best to include here.
10. Your education
While it becomes less relevant the older you become, most business applicants will still want to show their education. This is true even if you didn’t go to university. You can proudly proclaim that you made your success without the need to go the traditional route (if you think the recruiter will respond well to that).
How to get a referral on LinkedIn for the business role you want
Perhaps the most effective thing you can do to improve your chances of getting hired is to get referred to a position. Referred employees are hired 60% of the time compared to everyone else who make it to an interview just 2% of the time. Needless to say, investing in the kind of personal connections and networks you need to get such a referral is invaluable.
So before you start applying, be sure to check your 1st and 2nd degree contacts in both LinkedIn and in any other relevant groups you may belong to. If you don’t have strong connections in the industry you’re looking to establish yourself in, start making them now!
Check out our guide on getting referrals for any job you’re applying for.