What do employers look for first on a resume?

Aside from experience and schooling, do they look for letters of recommendation, time spent at past jobs(loyalty), number of past jobs(experience purposes)? Need to put one together, want to know what I should emphasise.

Asked By: Gina - 5/4/2008
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We have a checklist for each position we advertise. It is taken from the Position Description we attach to all job adds. It is basically a list of Essential and Preferred characteristics, skills and experience. The people who get all the essential ticks are then narrowed down by the amount of ticks they get for the... More
Answered By: nellephant_1 - 5/4/2008
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the only advice that i can give you is make a formal email adress... they really do look at it. and they comment on it. um... voulenteer exp. work exp. previous employers. personal traits.
Answered By: pablo_stella_3000 - 5/4/2008
Always target the resume to the job you are using it to apply for. Read the job description closely, and emphasize the experiences you've had that relate to what they want in the employee. The Functional resume format is especially good for that.
Answered By: Wishful Spirit - 5/4/2008
Answered By: BluRey - 5/4/2008
My husband sorts through many aps a month. School custodian positions. I notice he checks for the personal contact number and last experiences first. and reasons for leaving. and if will work hours he needs done He sorts in 3 piles, possible , maybe and no way. Negative statements... More
Answered By: patsy m - 5/4/2008
i m a manager for a restaurant and what i look is how long you stay with a job and if you have long periods of unemployment the both show character responsibility if you only work for very shorts periods of time you don't want to work so i wont even consider hiring
Answered By: ramirezrossie - 5/4/2008
1) most recent job... More
Answered By: nickipettis - 5/4/2008
To answer your question, their is only one thing that can be first and that is the layout. Is it blocked, neat and organized? If it's not easy on the eyes, at a glance, even the best credentials will be compromised. Good Luck.
Answered By: john c - 5/5/2008
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