Expert Advice: What Employers Should Really Look for on a Resume

Amy McCloskey Tobin

Too often employers in the midst of the hiring process become deluged by resumes and lose focus on the most important things they should be looking for. Recently Forbes published a post focused on what you should add and remove from your resume. It was solid advice, but it made us think about the advice employers could use to make their hiring process smoother.

We turned to some of our hiring experts in our WorkConnect by SAP Community for feedback. Here is their expert advice:

  1. My best resume “tell” is: Determine the level of employment stability the employer desires.Then divide the number 10 by the number of employers the person has had in the last 10 years. This gives you their average tenure per employer. If the number is too low for your needs, move on. Donna Svei, Executive Resume Writer
  2. Let’s get rid of the silly one-page resume rule, finally. The truth is that some candidates have too much valuable experience to squeeze onto one page. If you bypass longer resumes, you may be bypassing a candidate with the exact experience you need. This is even truer for smaller businesses who often need candidates with broad abilities to wear many hats. – Stephanie Hart McDonald, Talent Consultant, Contract Recruiter & Job Search Coach
  3. Determine what attributes work in your company and in the particular role you are trying to fill. Look for evidence for those skills on the resume. I often look for clear, concise communication skills, and logical formatting. I want the resume to tell me a story – how do you learn, what have you learned, what is the next progressive and logical step in your career? Basically, a resume is a marketing piece. It should make an employer want to pick up the phone and start a conversation. Jen Novak, Hiring Expert, Next Rise Marketing
  4. Employers should look for a connection between the applicant’s history and the position; not necessarily in title alone, but in accomplishments that demonstrate ability. It is the applicant’s responsibility when constructing the resume to make it easy for the employer to connect the dots between their history and the position to which they are applying – especially if, at first glance, the connection may not be obvious. And, yes, employment stability is tops on the list. – Barbara Berger, Certified Career Coach, Career Wellness Partners

With a competitive job market and a complex hiring process, finding the right employee is stressful and fraught with potentially costly mistakes. The WorkConnect by SAP blog will provide insight and advice on how to simplify and strengthen your hiring process. Sign up for blog updates delivered right to your inbox.


Contributing Author

Amy McCloskey Tobin is a sales professional, writer, and content strategist. She writes on sales, small business, diversity,k generational insights, and leadership.

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