Rejuvenating your Resume - Emory University School of Medicine

Rejuvenating your Resume - Emory University School of Medicine

Rejuvenating your Resume

Hugh Warren, Erica Barnes, Keisa Allen

Role of the Recruiter and Hiring


Importance of the Resume

Good, Bad and Ugly of Resumes

Screening Process

Selects the appropriate job title based on

business needs

Adds preferred qualifications and

addendums to the position posting

Partners with the Recruiter regarding

advertisement, posting options and

department needs- recruiting strategies

and time lines

Participates in the Interview Process

Makes the Hiring Decision

Partners with the Hiring Manager to determine a

Recruitment Strategy

Advertisement- Websites, Newspaper, Job Fairs

and Special Events

Meets with the Hiring Manager to review the Job

Description and better understand the Essential

Job Functions and Department needs

Screens resumes using the Job Description

(Essential Job Functions, Minimum Qualifications

and Preferred Qualifications)

Pre-screens and Interviews Applicants

All positions are posted a minimum of 3


Recruiters Review Resumes ensuring the

candidates meet the min qualifications

(Education and applicable experience). The

Preferred Qualifications are also considered

(Education, Experience, Skill Set, etc.)

Resumes are sorted by Internal, External

and Date Applied

Your on-line profile serves as your

application and houses your resume, cover

letters and other employment materials-

Certifications, Letters of Reference and

other Credentials

When applying for a position, you select the

resume (primary) to be viewed.

You may house up to 5 resumes and it is

recommended that both your resume and

cover letter be tailored to the position for

which you apply

Both the Recruiter and Hiring Manager use

the Job Description as a Guide Line in the

Selection Process

Candidates selected for an Interview meet

the minimum qualifications and the

preferred qualifications.


consider internal applicants first before

moving to external consideration

A marketing tool

◦ Your first tool for building a career

◦ The first impression a prospective employer has of you

◦ A selling tool that allows you to highlight to an employer

how you can contribute to the company

Request for an interview

◦ Purpose of the resume is to get you an interview

◦ Must capture the reader’s interest and attention

◦ Must convince the employer that you have the ability to

fill their position

Your “big picture”

◦ A snapshot of what you believe are your most important

experiences and qualifications

Identify Yourself


Continuing Education

Work or Professional


Volunteer Experience


Computer Skills

Professional Associations

Optional Sections


Special Skills and Abilities

Reference Statement

1. Spelling Errors, Typos and Poor Grammar

2. Too Duty-Oriented

3. Inaccurate Dates or None at all

4. Inaccurate or Missing Contact Information

5. Formatting

6. Functional Resumes

7. Long Resumes

8. Long Paragraphs

9. Unqualified Candidates

10. Personal Information Unrelated to the Job

Focuses on skills. Uses action words to define

the responsibilities of your job-related


Easy to read and understand.

Spelling has been checked.

Language is grammatically correct

Is the first meeting between you and the


Tells a great deal about you.

Gets you the interview.

Is your calling card, so remember that “First

impressions are lasting ones.”

Convince employer that you are worth an


Keep as brief as possible without sacrificing

essential qualifications

Do not lie, exaggerate or use words that the

interviewer has to look up in a dictionary

Focus on strengths and accomplishments

Typos and Grammar Slips

◦ “Great attention to detail.”

◦ “Proven ability to track down and correct erors.”

◦ “Am a perfectionist and rarely if ever forget etails.”

◦ Accomplishments: Completed 11 years of high


◦ Don’t use “I” or “me”

Target your qualifications for a specific job

No errors

List relevant work history…no more than 15

years back

Avoid abbreviations and acronyms

Never use pronouns such as: “I”, “me”, “my”,



Personal, family or health information


◦ most common

◦ listing of your jobs and experience with most

recent mentioned first

◦ good for job seekers who have practical work

experience with long periods of employment

◦ resume type most preferred by employers


◦ focuses on your skills and accomplishments

◦ highlights what they are, not when you developed


◦ good format for job seekers with lots of job

experience and many jobs

oToo much white space

oEducation should be under profile

oRemove year of graduation

oShould add month to job tenure (month/year)

oFont is too small – should be 11pt

oCandidate used a functional resume to highlight

job duties and down play job titles

oFont is too small

oCandidate should have used bullets in Summary of


oToo much white space

o Use simple bullets

o Should have spelled out month – Do not abbreviate

o Pretty good resume overall

o No address/contact information

o Misspelled words/typographical errors

o Used “I”

o Job description in paragraph instead of bullets

o Too much white space

o No headings or headings aren’t consistent

o Not a professional looking resume

o Resume is 6 pages long

o Used “I”

o Too much information

o Good example of information overload

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