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Recruiter Tips for Writing a Resume and Cover Letter


Every day, recruiters and eychars look through a huge number of resumes, so they have a certain image of an ideal candidate for each position. And the more the applicant matches this image, the higher his chances of getting into a brand-name company. The main requirement for applicants for the position of middle manager is the experience of managing people.

“The ideal candidate”

An ideal candidate for the position of mid-level manager is a specialist who has built his career consistently, best in one or related industries, and has experience in the brand name of the company. The total experience of his work should be at least 5 years, of which 2 years he must occupy a managerial position. For him, a higher education is simply necessary, as well as a business education.

In Russia, a person can be called a manager without subordinates.

Achievements in the resume should clearly be highlighted in a separate column. When describing previous experience, the applicant needs to focus on the results achieved. The number of completed projects is regarded as an achievement more often in specific sectors, for example, in construction. It is also important for the marketing manager to talk about projects in the implementation of which he took part. This will show the scale of the work done by him and the "filling" of his position, because in different companies in the same positions, employees sometimes have different responsibilities.

Desired position (purpose of the resume)

Introducing yourself simply as a manager means not saying anything about yourself. In Russia, a person can be called a manager without subordinates. Therefore, the question naturally arises: “Who then controls what?” The manager must have people in his submission!

In addition, if there is no specific desired position in the resume, this means that the person himself does not know what he wants to do in the future and what kind of work he needs. Companies have a standard department structure. The mid-level manager can be the head of the logistics department, the sales and marketing department, and the finance department. True, sometimes the department managers are already related to top management.


The first education, even if it is non-core, must be indicated. to comply with the chronological principle in the summary, as evidence that a person consciously walked along the path of professional and personal development to improve his qualifications. The presence of a second education will be a good sign for both the recruiter and the company, because it is an indicator of the applicant’s interest in professional growth.

It makes sense to indicate additional education only when it refers either to the current position or to the desired position.

It is necessary to indicate the received specialization. This information will take only a couple of lines in the resume, but it certainly will not be superfluous. But the name of the faculty can be omitted.

The applicant should not write that he has completed a macramé school. It makes sense to indicate additional education only when it refers either to the current position or to the desired position. In this case, it will show that the candidate is interested in developing his career.


It's no secret that the first time they read the resume diagonally and grab only the main points. “Work experience” is one of the key sections, therefore, information should be presented here concisely and concisely.

It is recommended to describe in detail the experience of the past 10 years. However, I prefer the candidate to indicate it in full. This is due to the fact that Antal international many foreign clients who want to see the full picture of professional growth, they are not accepted to watch an excerpt of a work biography. The last 10 years of work need to be described in more detail, and when talking about earlier experience, it is enough to indicate the years, the name of the company and the position held by the applicant. All this does not take up much space.

From the summary should be seen how the manager grew in the company. It is remarkable that the candidate worked in one organization for a long time, this indicates his loyalty and ability to communicate with people, because it is not easy to work in the same team for many years. For example, the process of professional growth will be clearly demonstrated by the candidate who came as an assistant to the procurement department, then became a manager, then the head of the department, moved to the position of the head of the commercial department or became responsible for the sales unit. And, of course, not the best option if the applicant indicates that he worked for 8 years as a support manager in the sales department.

The market is open to everyone, but it’s quite difficult for a candidate from a company known only in narrow circles to get into a brand-name company, because recruiters and employers primarily pay attention to the brand. In this situation, the applicant should rely more on his own strength, build a job search strategy. It is important that he presents himself correctly, and this can only be done at the interview stage. Headhunters are hunting for qualified employees of brand-name companies, and specialists from organizations known only in narrow circles should promote themselves.

Headhunters are hunting for qualified employees of brand-name companies, and specialists from organizations known only in narrow circles should promote themselves.

If the candidate does not have leadership experience, but seeks to take the position of manager, he will have to justify his career ambitions. This is the task of an oral presentation when meeting with the employer, since, unfortunately, such information cannot be reflected in the summary. It is clear that in this situation a person should not and cannot immediately claim to lead a department of 10 people. First, most likely, we will talk about a small team.


In Russia, it is not very customary to provide written recommendations, but they will not be redundant. True, more often, if they are requested, then verbally. I would not advise in the resume to indicate the coordinates of people (directors or partners) who are ready to give a description, because they may not be called at the right time. Their phones are best provided at the second or third stage of negotiations.

If we are talking about a hired middle manager, then the director of the company should give him a description. If the applicant has his own business or he is the top manager of the Russian “non-brand” company, it is advisable to provide him with the recommendations of the western partners with whom the candidate collaborated. Coordinates of colleagues most often do not indicate. If several recommendations are required, you can seek help from your immediate supervisor.

Additional Information

An applicant for the position of middle manager is better not to mention anything about personal characteristics. Such information was indicated by yesterday’s students, since they still cannot boast of solid work experience or a high level of competence. Mid-level managers should, first of all, talk about their professionalism, about what they know how and want to do. Moreover, in the section “Additional Information” it is not necessary to repeat the description of functional duties at previous places of work. The wording here should be shorter and more concise, for example, “building a team from scratch” or “developing a business from scratch”.

It’s convenient for me if the resume shows the age of the potential candidate: you don’t have to spend time to find out how old the applicant is at the moment. Even when it does not have a date of birth, it is easy to determine. If the resume is interesting, but age is not indicated there, recruiters look at the graduation date.

Mid-level managers should, first of all, talk about their professionalism, about what they know how and want to do.

I can say that there are no strict age limits. For example, in the description of the position it is indicated that a manager is required up to 45 years, but this does not mean that the candidate will not be considered. However, if he is 60, recruiters will most likely not be able to submit his resume to the client. However, even in this case it all depends on the specialist himself, if he can convince the employer that he will succeed in completing the tasks, why not?

Income level

As for salary expectations, candidates for leadership positions, as a rule, are approximately familiar with the situation on the labor market and can quite adequately assess their value. And if the manager works in the brand-name of the company, then he is often called by the headhunters who keep him updated on the market.

The income level is not indicated in the resume. Compensation is a subject for negotiation. Its size is determined by the manager’s ability to present and “sell” himself. the huge need of employers for experienced employees, companies are usually ready to offer a qualified manager a certain salary fork.

When compiling a resume, it should be borne in mind that in similar positions in organizations of different scale, profile and structure, usually different functional responsibilities and, accordingly, requirements for candidates. If a person works in the position of Area Sales Manager in FMCG and wants to move to the position of Regional Manager - to take a step forward, it is clear that his previous experience will say "for himself", you won’t have to invent anything. But, if the applicant wants to change the field of activity and does not have enough similar work experience, he needs to pay more attention to his competencies. For example, we are now approached by a candidate who wants to move from the top managerial position to the top one, for this we “highlight” his MBA degree.

Candidates are selected by Matching & Presenting parameters. A large number of resumes come to the recruiter and eycharu, so they already have a portrait of a candidate for this position in their head. If the applicant has thoughtfully read the job description and realized that he is the “ideal candidate” for her, most likely they will notice him. Even if they did not call him, he must do it himself, because such a specialist will definitely be invited to a personal meeting.

Stage One - Resume Writing

80% of success depends on the quality of the resume.
Firstly, because this is the first. what the employer sees when considering a candidate for a particular vacancy.

Secondly, this is the first impression on which the further status of the applicant depends: whether they will call the candidate, or invite them to a personal interview.

On the Internet there are lots of recommendations for writing CV, starting from step-by-step compilation, ending with commonplace standard templates.

But in order to remember exactly your resume, you should remember the importance of following basic tips.

Recommendations for writing a resume:

1. Volume - a maximum of 1.5 pages (as practice shows: the employer does not read anything more than 1.5 pages),

2. The readability of the text (font, size, indentation, paragraphs - must be maintained. It is important to highlight 2-3 main emphasis that the applicant wants to pay particular attention to the employer, because the resume is screened within the first 30 seconds),

3. Compliance with grammar and spelling rules of spelling (Indicator of professionalism and literacy of a potential candidate),

4. Structure (the employer should get a concrete and clear picture of the perception about the candidate),

5. It is important not the amount of text but its quality (Details of each of the paragraphs of the resume can be provided already at the stage of a personal interview),

6. Be sure to include all your contact details, email address.

7. Do not choose complex templates for resumes, as this makes it difficult to import data from resumes into recruiter databases.

The following is an example of the structure and richness of a good resume:
1. Name.

It is advisable to indicate the full name, first name, middle name.
Some advise to write in capital letters for a more visible effect, do not do this in any case - this makes it difficult for recruiters to work,

2. Photography.

When choosing a photo for your resume, you should be very serious about choosing a photo because it can serve as a pleasant bonus and an unexpected minus when selecting a candidate (some employers, seeing an inappropriate photo of the applicant at the screening stage, do not consider the further possibility of contacting this applicant).
- restrained style of dress,
- light smile
- well-groomed appearance,
- lack of bright makeup,
- neutral background,
- 60% of the photograph is the face of the applicant,
- the absence of unauthorized persons and objects in the photo.

3. Personal and contact information.

In the heading of the resume, it is important to highlight:
- a valid contact phone number (if there are several operators, you must specify two numbers),
- email address (! The name of the email account must be appropriate, it is recommended to avoid this kind of nicknames: kotik muuur @ ..., XXX @ ..., sexy ... @),
- date of birth (in parentheses is age), citizenship (Country),
- address of residence (if this information for the candidate is strictly personal, you can restrict yourself to indicating the city),
- marital status, children and their age (the status of the candidate for the employer is important for understanding how the candidate will be attached to the family, and is mobile on business trips).

! Summary - the document and the person of the candidate, this is not a personal diary in which there are no restrictions, you do not need to write statuses: in search, in divorce, civil marriage, everything is complicated ...

4. The purpose.

The applicant does not always indicate his goal of finding a job, but as practice shows, for the employer it is an indicator of the candidate's motivation and interest. Therefore, you can specify the name of the position and a description of the functionality for which the candidate is applying.

In the goal section, you can also specify the desired level of w.p. (however, in order to avoid prejudice against the candidate, based on his requests for wages and premature screening of the candidate, the salary level can not be indicated until the employer asks for it.) If you decide to indicate the level of payment you are counting on - indicate the minimum level below which, do not agree to consider job offers.

5. Education.

In this paragraph it is necessary to indicate the full name of the educational institution, the city in which the educational institution is located, the form of training (hospital, correspondence, evening), faculty, specialty, qualification (indicated in the diploma) of the year of study from ... to ... If there are several diplomas, the first place is better to put the education that is more suitable for the selected vacancy.

6. Further education.

A bonus for the applicant will be an indication of additional courses, workshops, master classes, seminars, trainings, certificates, diplomas, certificates that relate to the position for which the candidate is applying. (The above will testify to the candidate’s focus and interest precisely in the field to which he claims).
It is necessary to indicate the name of the course, its duration, the year of receipt of the supporting document and the organization that conducted this training.

7. Work experience.

Perhaps the most important and defining section in the entire resume. In this paragraph, the candidate describes his early work experience. It is important to remember the chronology of indicating previous jobs: starting with the last.
First, the name of the organization, (the scope of the organization), the period of work, the position held, the main tasks and areas of responsibility are indicated.

A common mistake that most job seekers make is a detailed, detailed description of their functional responsibilities in all previous jobs. The result is a solid text and the absence of any results of activities and achievements.

Describe your successes and achievements in technology SMART-goals.
Each of the letters of the abbreviation is capitalized for one of the “filters” by which “SMART targets” should be checked.
• Specific - Specific,
• Measurable - Measurable,
• Relevant - Relevant,
• Achievable - Achievable,
• Time-Bound - Time limited.

8. Additional information.

In this section, the candidate can indicate the level of knowledge of foreign languages ​​(Russian - native, English - advanced, German - colloquial or use the English definitions: Pre-Intermediate - below average, Intermediate - intermediate, Upper-Intermediate - above average, Advanced - advanced.) , skills in working with computer programs (Word, Excel, Power Point, 1C, SAP ...) - “At the level of an experienced user” or “Confident user”, the applicant can summarize this section by indicating skills in working with Internet browsers and office equipment (Faxes, Scanners Copyro cial vehicles ...)

9. Special skills.

The applicant can indicate the presence of a driver’s license, while noting the category, driving experience, car make.

10. Personal qualities.

In this section, it should be noted all of their positive qualities that will be acceptable for the selected vacancy. Не стоит указывать все подряд хорошие качества, которые только сможете найти в интернете. Пусть это будет 3-4 пункта, но те, которые реально отражают картину личности соискателя. Не лишним будет краткое описание того, как именно проявились эти самые положительные качества.

11. Интересы и увлечения.

If the moment is difficult to describe, then you can skip it, but it is hobbies that determine how much the candidate loves teamwork, how active the life position of the applicant is, whether he is engaged in self-development. The classic version is a description of two to three hobbies: Reading books, playing sports, etc.

The second stage - how to write a cover letter

Transmittal letter - an extremely important detail that many neglect. If you want the resume to be remembered, it is not superfluous to attach a cover letter to it. Since such a trifle will once again emphasize the candidate’s interest in this particular work and in this particular company. Moreover - this is an additional opportunity to once again indicate your name and contact information.

A cover letter to the resume is a letter to the employer in which the applicant has the opportunity to declare himself as a potential candidate for a vacancy in the company and to interest the employer in considering exactly his resume.

The presence of a cover letter is not a mandatory aspect, but it will definitely be an additional advantage of the candidate when selecting for an open position.

Recommendations for writing a cover letter:
In the upper corner of the cover letter, you must indicate your surname, first name, middle name, position for which the applicant claims, the company to which the letter is sent and contact details.

The letter must be addressed to the specific addressee of the company: the representative of the HR department, or the director of the company, at the same time indicate his name, position and name of the company.

Examples of treatment in a letter:
• Dear ...
• Dear ...
• Good afternoon, morning, evening ...
• Please ... pay attention to ...

Further in the letter it is important to indicate the vacancy for which the applicant and the source who provided information about the vacancy are submitted. A letter in the letter about the achievements, goals and ideas of the company that attracted the attention of the candidate will not be out of place.

• I was interested in the position ...
• Heard about your company as a leader in the field of ...
• I saw an open vacancy on your site ...

Further, it is necessary to interest the employer in why you applied to this company and it is you who are worthy to take this position. You can focus on what distinguishes you from other job seekers and how your experience will be useful to this employer.

• I believe that my experience in ...
• I am sure that my professional experience will be useful ...
• I thoroughly own ...

Further, it is important to focus on how you are grateful to the company representatives for the time devoted to your candidacy and for their reading of the cover letter.

• Thank you for your time.
• Thank you for paying attention to my candidacy.
• I would be very happy if you can call me back.
• I will be glad / glad to answer your questions by telephone or in person.
• You will find my resume and recommendations in the attached file.

At the end of the letter, it is necessary to emphasize your respect for the employer:
Sincerely, ... (name), ...
Phone: …

Once the resume is ready, the cover letter is ready, you can safely begin to seriously storm all the opportunities that employers offer in the labor market.
After all, as they say: "The road will be overpowered by the walking one."