Resume Review

Did you know the average resume is only reviewed in a matter of seconds? Before you send your resume to a recruiter, HR Director or upload it to any site, make sure it is completely ready (This is for a traditional resume, there are some exceptions where more creative or lengthy resumes may be appropriate)!


10 Mistakes We See on Resumes


  • Make sure it looks nice - Your resume should look clean and organized (Ex: Bullets line up, appropriate spacing, etc.).

  • Spelling/Grammar - Run Spell Check at the very least before sending a resume!

  • Watch where the page splits - Is it an awkward place to change pages? If so, change the margins so it flows better.

  • Keep it simple and clean - Make sure there are no more than two font styles.

  • All black font - There are exceptions to this, but it is much easier to read when it is written in one dark color.

  • Temporary/Contract roles - If you've worked a short assignment as a contractor be sure that it is stated (Ex: (Contract) 12/2016-12/2017), otherwise this can appear as "job-hopping".

  • Keywords - Your resume should reflect the job you are applying for.  Ex: If account management is required, does your experience jump off the page? Tip: Search your resume for all the keywords you are required to have.

  • Keep it short - Again, there are exceptions to this rule, but your resume should rarely be more than two pages long. Bullet descriptions under jobs read much cleaner than paragraphs.

  • Dates - Make sure you list the months on your resume, which especially applies to jobs during the past 10-15 years.

  • Past tense vs. Present tense  - When listing responsibilities under your current position, make sure to use present tense (Ex: Communicate daily with clients); in previous roles, responsibilities should be in past tense (Ex: Communicated daily with clients).

- Brittney

Should I Pursue A Career In A New Industry?

Many people come to a point in their career where they begin to consider a shift in their career. For some people, that is a promotion. For others, that is retirement. But there are many who begin to consider a change in industries. Bankers will become realtors, managers will become police officers, and chefs will become chauffeurs. For some, the choice to switch industries is easy. But for others, it is a long and difficult decision that requires in depth thought and analysis. So what exactly are some points that should be considered when thinking about switching industries?


Assuming that you have already determined that this is an industry you would enjoy working in, the first point to consider is the status of your new job. Depending on what your position was in your former industry, most likely you will have to take a cut in both pay and ranking. For example, a police chief who decides to go into banking may have to start out as a teller. A manager at a department store will have to start out as a laborer if they are looking to get into the construction industry. This cut in job status is entirely due to a lack of knowledge and experience in the industry. Thankfully, these are qualities that can be built up over time with an organization in your desired industry. If you’re willing to stick it out for a few years in a lesser role, you will most likely move up in both status and compensation in your desired industry.


A second point to consider when thinking about getting into a new industry is how much you actually know about that industry. A lot of people think it’d be awesome to be a pilot until they figure out how much pressure and stress is associated with position. A lot of people would love to become a professional football player but could not fathom the amount of training and dedication that goes into accomplishing this goal, not to mention the impact on your body as a result of football. If there is an industry that you think would be amazing to work in, make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. It is almost always the case that the industry you dream about is not all roses, and there may even be some negative factors that deter you from desiring a position in that industry.


An excellent point that is often overlooked is asking yourself a very simple question: why do I want to get out of the industry that I’m in? Do I hate my current job? Am I seeing no chances for promotion? Am I struggling to perform in my current industry? A lot of times, people will realize that the reason that they want to leave their industry is actually rather small and easily fixable. It should also be noted that this isn’t always the case, and a lot of people actually have a legitimate reason to leave their industry that can not be easily fixed. If you are considering changing industries, just make sure to ask yourself that simple question of why? You’ll discover that the reason you want to leave is either easily fixable or bad enough to confirm your decision to switch industries.


The final point that I believe you should consider when switching industries are your loved ones. More specifically, how this change is going to affect not only you but your family and friends. If you have a wife and kids, taking a job in an industry that requires you to travel for half of the year may not be the best move. In that same situation, taking a job in an industry that does pay well will have an effect on your finances for your family. Perhaps the industry you want to get into has positions available only in California, but you’re from Michigan and don’t know anybody out in California. Do you really want to leave all of your friends and everybody you know to move to the other side of the country for what you believe is a desired position? Some people are perfectly fine with this scenario and would be more than happy to take the job across the country. Many others though are not as pleased with this situation and should take the time to consider whether or not it’s worth it to leave everyone they know. So as you consider that move to a new industry, consider what impact it will have on your family and friends and if that impact is worth it to work in your desired industry.


All of these points that I have presented may sound like they have a negative tone to them, but they are far from that. They are simply points to consider, and in fact can be seen as confirmations that this new industry is the industry for you. If you can consider all of these points and still confirm that you want a position in this new industry, then there’s nothing that can stop you!

When a recruiting firm is the right choice for your hiring process

Let’s face it, the hiring process is a daunting and stressful task for any organization. Trying to find the perfect candidate that will excel in their position seems like a nearly impossible feat and can sometimes take months for an organization to complete. The more responsibility a position holds, the harder it is to find qualified candidates, let alone candidates that you believe will excel. Thankfully, recruiting firms can come into play to help relieve a lot of the pressure of the hiring process. The question is, when should you make the decision to hire a recruiting firm?


The best indicator of whether or not to hire a recruiting firm is if the position is specialized. What I mean by this is if the position requires qualifications that only a small percentage of the population hold. Some examples include public accountants, commercial lenders, heart surgeons and marketing managers. Since such a small percentage of the population qualify for these positions, it makes the task of finding qualified candidates very difficult for the organization. This is where a recruiting firm can step in. Most recruiting firms are specialized in certain industries such as banking and the medical field, and thus have connections within these industries. They know the ins and outs of the industry and who to talk to to find not only a qualified candidate, but a candidate that will go above and beyond for the organization.


To go along with a specialized position, organizations should also consider whether or not the position is a highly paid position. There is a lot of risk in paying an employee a high salary, only to receive lackluster effort and dismal returns. The organization is not receiving the proper returns on this investment and is actually losing money, the complete opposite of what you want your investment to do for you. To go along with a failed investment, the employee will most likely have to be fired and the hiring process will have to start all over again. Thankfully, a recruiting firm can help you avoid this issue. Recruiting firms specialize in not only finding candidates, but finding the right candidates. Recruiters do there homework and make sure that they are finding their clients the best candidates around; candidates that will succeed and excel at their position and prove their worth as a proper investment. In fact, hear for yourself what a recruiting firm can do for an organization through some Harrison Gray client testimonials by clicking here.


Perhaps you’ve been trying to recruit on your own for your own business, but with no luck. It’s been a few weeks, perhaps even a few months, and you just can’t find that right candidate. Time is precious, and that unfilled position could be losing you money by the minute. Would you want to take the risk of continuing to recruit on your own with the possibility of not finding the right candidate? Or perhaps a better idea is to quicken this process and bring in some professionals. Combining large networks and the resources to heavily recruit, recruiting firms not only deliver high quality candidates, but they deliver them with speed. When an unfulfilled position is losing you money, speed is what you need. Many recruiting firms have been known to find the right candidate just days after signing to recruit for a new client. This is just a few of the many luxuries you receive when you hire a recruiting firm; speed and efficiency.


The final point I would like to discuss when considering whether you should hire a recruiting firm is risk. More appropriately, risk in choosing the wrong candidate on your own. While I touched on risk when I mentioned the specialization of the position, there is a lot more that comes into play when discussing the risk of hiring the wrong candidate. For example, there is the risk that the candidate is known for job hopping and could easily leave their position within the first year. There’s the risk that the candidate has had improper training in areas of their profession that could be detrimental to their performance. There is even the risk that the candidate has had disciplinary issues in the past. Unfortunately, most businesses that are not recruiting firms do not have the time or resources to dig deep and uncover some of these negative traits. This is where a recruiting firm comes into play. Possessing both time and resources along with expertise, recruiting firms have the ability to figure out the good and the bad that comes along with a candidate and if there is a trait that makes them too risky. This not only saves the client time from conducting this analysis on a candidate, but also increases the quality of the candidates that the recruiting firm actually does submit to the client.


While these points are very important when considering whether you should hire a recruiting firm, they are only a few drops in a pool of points you should consider. Whatever decision you may come to, always remember the benefits and luxuries that come with hiring a recruiting firm. Do you think your organization is ready to work with a recruiting firm? Fill out our form here to get started with Harrison Gray.