In order to progress to the interview stage of the hiring process, your resume needs to be able to hook in its reader as soon as it’s viewed. Recruiters go through so many resumes, and sometimes it takes them less than a minute to decide whether you are a qualified candidate that will move on to the interview stage.

You can only put so much in your resume; you have to make sure that it is enough clear, concise, and consistent information to get you that interview. So what do recruiters look for in a resume? Here are the top things you need on your resume to secure that interview:

Correct Roles and Responsibilities

You need to customise your resume according to the job you’re applying for. It is important to know your audience and make sure that the roles and responsibilities you are offering to the company are the qualifications they are looking for. Showing the recruiters that your previous roles and responsibilities are the same or similar to what they are looking for immediately makes you a match and a qualified candidate.


Expertise is based on experience. Experience is immediately scanned by recruiters as employers can be specific in the years of experience they want their hire to have. Did you have any career progression? Did your responsibilities add up as the years go by? These are indicators of how experienced you are in the industry.

Useful Skills

Make sure the list of skills are useful to the position you are applying for. Unless you’re a chef, cooking skills don’t matter in your resume. Include all the skills you’ve used and learned from your previous roles. This ensures how capable and suitable you are for the available role.


Including industry accomplishments, lets recruiters know that you’ve done more than just an average job at your last post. This is also a clear picture of the results of your work. Recruiters know that having achievements means you’re not just doing the bare minimum job, you’re doing it very well! Achievements don’t always have to be industry specific, if you are a software developer, you may have built a cool application in your spare time that effectively schedules all the teams for soccer practice at your local school.


Make sure to put relevant educational certificates, particularly the ones that are deemed desirable or even essential in your field of work. Although this is not as relevant as experience and achievements, some companies require their upper management employees and leaders to have certain masteral degrees in the field.

Readability and Clarity

The recruiters will not have time to read long paragraphs so make sure your resume is clear and concise. You may use bullet formats. Keep sentences short and straightforward and consider they may be read on a mobile device so keep them mobile-friendly. Remember that recruiters will not spend hours on your resume so giving them all the information they need easily makes it easier to process your qualification. Only put the necessary information and be consistent.

If you’re planning to apply or level-up your career, take time to review your resume. Keep these in mind and you are sure to get that interview!

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