Recruiters may spend only 30 seconds to one minute reviewing your resume to determine if you have the correct qualifications. If the print size is too small and there is no spacing between positions, your resume will be hard for recruiters to read. Besides being pleasing to the eye, the resume needs to be set up so the recruiter can find the important words in your resume such as position title, past employers, projects completed, and the like. If the format is consistent and there is some white space here and there, they will be able to scan quickly and determine if you have the qualifications.
Recruiters also need to see the appropriate words related to the position. For example, if you are applying for a Human Resources Director’s position, they will want to see if you have handled: recruitment, employee relations, labor relations, organizational development, training, employee benefits. If you are applying for a position in Information Technology, they will want to see your computer certifications, types of software used, whether you handled networks, hardware or software. Your resume must include the key words related to the position in question.