Day in and day out, recruiters help match the right people to the right jobs. Staffing experts review countless resumes for potential candidates. They gain an in-depth understanding of what qualifications are needed to fill jobs for their clients.

But as great as you might be at finding qualified candidates, building your own recruiter resume can feel like a daunting task when you become a job seeker yourself.

After all, when you’re applying for a recruiter job, hiring managers will expect a high-quality professional resume that demonstrates your experience and skills.

Whether you’re applying for an entry-level recruiting position or a management role, the following resume tips will help your application stand out as you move forward in your recruiting career path.

Start With the Basics

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Before you even worry about filling in information on your recruiter resume, you need to make sure that it looks the part. Fortunately, you can get help with your resume format with many online free resume templates and resume builder tools. For example, Zety and Resume Builder offer a wide selection of templates that you can easily customize with your own information.

A few formatting best practices to keep in mind: Include your contact information right below your name at the top of the resume. Add your email address, phone number, and your LinkedIn profile (don’t worry about other social media platforms).

After this comes your work experience. This should always include the name of the company you worked for, the position you held, and how long you worked there. You can include bullet points for each position about your responsibilities and achievements at that job.

Information about relevant skills and your education should go either below your work experience or in a sidebar, depending on the resume format you prefer. This information typically does not need to be as detailed as your work history.

Your recruiter resume should never be longer than one page. Because of this, you may only be able to include your most recent positions. That’s okay! After all, recruiters care more about what you’ve done recently than what you were doing five years ago.

Make Your Work Experience Stand Out

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Your work history is so much more than your years of experience. To successfully sell yourself with your recruiter resume, go beyond describing what you did in your recruiting positions. Highlight your accomplishments in each role.

As Neville Rose writes in The Guardian, “With a little deeper thinking you find most achievements can be deduced to a number in some form. These could be meeting key performance indicators, reducing time taken for a task, cutting costs or driving sales. Employers love numbers because they are black and white, irrefutable evidence of your success.”

By highlighting the successful outcomes you’ve achieved in your past roles, you also imply what you can do to help a future employer. For example, a senior recruiter or recruiting coordinator could highlight their recruitment experience by including the retention rates for their placements, or the number of senior leadership roles they helped fill. It could include how you reached or exceeded your company’s talent acquisition KPIs, or how you led a team of junior recruiters. You could even highlight how you improved your company’s recruiting strategies.

The best candidates will pay close attention to job postings and adapt these details based on what the company is looking for.

If your experience section is lacking because you’re still new in your career, it’s okay to make the education section of your recruiter resume more prominent. When this is the case, focus on the attributes you developed during these periods that would make you successful in a position.

Highlight Relevant Recruiter Skills

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Aside from your work experience, you should also highlight skills that are relevant to the position, based on keywords included in the job description. Look for “required” or “desirable” skills listed in the job posting as a guide when deciding which of your own skills to include on your recruiter resume.

Your skills section should be a short and sweet series of bullet points. There is no need for lengthy descriptions. The idea is to help recruiters scanning your resume quickly evaluate your skill set. Focus on hard skills, such as experience with a specific applicant tracking system, industry certifications, or in-demand industry practices, such as full-cycle recruiting.

If you’re relatively new in your recruiting career, you could use this section to highlight strategies you used when sourcing candidates through different channels, such as phone screens and cold calls, or working as a LinkedIn recruiter.

Cover Letter or Resume Summary?

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Check the job posting carefully to determine if the employer wants a cover letter to go with your recruiter resume — this isn’t always required.

If the employer does not ask for a cover letter, you may still be well served by including a resume summary. This includes a header with the name of the position you are applying for, followed by a brief 2-3 line summary of who you are and what you have to offer. When it is included, it typically goes at the top of your recruiter resume — underneath your name and above your contact information.

The resume summary will usually focus on a few key details: how many years of experience you have in recruiting, relevant skills and responsibilities from prior jobs, and a key accomplishment from your most recent job.

A cover letter, on the other hand, can be more in-depth. The cover letter gives you a chance to explain why you’re interested in the position and what you feel you could bring to the role. You can also reference soft skills that strengthen your abilities as a recruiter. If you have a relevant referral (such as someone who already works at the company), the cover letter can be a good place to mention it. Just be sure that your referral will give a positive recommendation when the recruiter completes reference checks.

As with the resume itself, your cover letter should be no more than one page. Always be cordial and polite, expressing appreciation for being considered.

Are You Ready to Find Your Next Recruiter Job?

As a recruiter, you know how the hiring process works. You look at countless resumes to help fill open positions. In many ways, you already have an advantage over other job applicants.

Just like any other candidate, you’ll probably have to apply to several job openings before you find that perfect match. But by using your professional experience as a guide and following these tips, you can create the perfect resume to land your next job. By focusing on your accomplishments and relevant skills, and formatting your recruiter resume in a clear, attractive format, you can succeed as you go through the recruitment process yourself.

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