There are currently 12.6 million job seekers looking for a new opportunity in the United States. If you’re one of them, chances are you have submitted a resume to a recruiter and not heard back on the job post that you applied for. In fact, you may have to submit 30 to 50 resumes before you get a call back and eventually get hired.

So, how can you make your resume stand out in a crowded and competitive job market? We spoke to three of our recruiters to get some tips on the best ways to get your resume noticed.

Russ O’Reilly
Corporate Recruiter on cleared government roles

What I suggest is to treat your resume like you’re a newspaper editor. What in your job experience is headline worthy? What deserves to live “below the fold” versus “above the fold?” The trick is to grab a hiring manager or recruiter’s attention. The way you organize the information in your resume can really make you stand out from the crowd. Because each position you apply for has different requirements and priorities, it’s important to move things around as necessary for each application you submit.

For the Justice Business Unit at ECS, we support a customer that almost exclusively requires candidates to hold an active Top Secret Clearance, so that is one of the very first things my team would like to see when we look at your resume. Seeing that critical information prominently displayed really helps to highlight why you might be a good fit for the role With care and attention to detail, it’s easy to make sure your resume is tailored to the position you are applying to.

What in your job experience is headline worthy?
What deserves to live “below the fold” versus “above the fold?”

– Russ

Michael Pang
Senior Strategic Technical Recruiter on technical roles

Your resume is the first gate in the recruiting process. It is absolutely beneficial to describe the scale and scope of your environment to assist the recruiter who champions your qualifications during the submittal process. If you are currently responsible for managing hundreds of terabytes of data with large ingests of log data on a daily basis, that is worth expounding upon. The same holds true on topics like number of end users, endpoints, transactions, microservices, nodes, and servers. Adding this information will ultimately allow the technical team to correctly grasp your ability to handle similar complexity and provide comfortable talking points during the interview.

Keep job titles and responsibilities as specific as possible for each role. If you have a background in front-end development with some exposure to networking and you are applying for a developer position, you should emphasize your development experience to cater to the requirements of that role. I always recommend having different resumes for different types of roles so that you can include relevant language and key words.

One tip I like to share with candidates is to put themselves in the hiring manager’s shoes. After reading the job description and reviewing the resume, would you want to interview yourself?

– Joan

Joan Rogers
Senior Corporate Recruiter on junior roles

When applying to junior roles, it’s really important to highlight your education, skills related to the role, and certifications. If you include an objective statement on your resume, this should state the role you are applying to and a little bit about yourself. I like to see an in-depth skills and qualifications section that takes a deep dive into your experiences and how they match the role you are applying to.

One tip I like to share with candidates is to put themselves in the hiring manager’s shoes. After reading the job description and reviewing the resume, would you want to interview yourself?

If you are looking for an exciting new opportunity at an industry-leading organization, ECS may be the next step in your career journey. We have positions available in cybersecurity, Justice, cloud, AI/ML, and consulting.

Meet the challenge and submit your resume today.

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