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An Interview With a Recruiter Coordinator

Sometimes as an instructor, I would pull in other professionals to come and speak to my classes. I did that because it is a great way for students to obtain a different perspective on the given topic I was teaching. I felt it would be helpful to do that in a blog as well. Therefore, I contacted a friend of mine who is a Recruiter Coordinator to obtain her perspective on some topics I recently read about. Read below for information I obtained during an interview with a recruiter coordinator.

Thank you for taking the time to share some insights with my website visitors. As I had said before, I have read some things lately and I would like to share your perspective on my site:

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself and your current role?

” I’m currently a full-time contract worker through an RPO (Recruitment Process Outsourcing) company for an investment banking firm in their Wealth Management department. My role is a Recruitment Coordinator that handles scheduling for top-shelf clients (which means candidates applying for high level positions) and working with highly ranked managing directors and executive directors.”

2. I have read two new things about resumes lately. What are your thoughts on these issues?:
– Add some conservative color to your resume
– Have one or two FULL pages, not half pages

“Regarding resumes that I have looked through and analyzed, I’ve seen either black or blue ink only, with the occasion of pink or green. Usually the blue ink is for email addresses to standout, otherwise resumes are always black in color.

In school during a class I was taking back in 2017, I was told that resumes should be either one full page or up to two full pages, but now many employers only want one full page. This means tweaking your resume with the appropriate work history and relevant experience for the job you are wanting.”


3. From your experience, what are some things recruiters like seeing on resumes? (i.e. colors, designs, no spelling errors, etc.)

“Simple is the way to go always as this important for both cover letters and resumes. A nice clean layout, readable font style and font size are appreciated. No one likes to squint their eyes trying to read a resume that is too fancy.

Spelling errors are a HUGE turn off as that automatically tells me that not only do you lack attention to detail, but you were too lazy to proofread your resume before submitting it.”

4. Do you prefer having an “Objective” on a resume? Why or why not?

“Objectives give a nice summary of what you want and what you’re looking for. This also gives the recruiter a chance to be introduced to you in a sense before looking over your resume. At the same time, it’s not something I see often in resumes so it’s not a requirement.”

5. Do you find cover letters to be helpful? Why or why not?

“Cover letters are extremely helpful and are a great tool to boost your resume. Again, simple is best as well as outlining your skills and summarizing why you would be a good fit for the company.”

6. What are some words of wisdom you’d like to share with those searching for a job?

“Always be honest on your resume, including your references. Never spray your resume or cover letter with perfume or cologne. Phone interviews are just as important as in-person interviews so make sure you are in a quiet area and not distracted. Do your research on a company and the actual job you applied for.

Do NOT do a ‘blind application’ where you see a company name that you’re familiar with, see positions that look of interest and blindly apply without reading the job description further. If you can’t tell the interviewer what drew you to the position or the company and why your background fits, you will not be a fit for that company.

Acknowledgement:  Thank you very much to Recruiting Coordinator, M. D. Johnson,  for supplying the above information.

In addition to the above resume and cover letter information, read the article “Why First Impressions Matter” for more detailed information.

To all my visitors, I hope this information is helpful to you in your future career endeavors. As you are completing your resume and cover letter to apply for jobs, make sure to follow the advice of the Recruiting Coordinator as detailed in this interview.

I like to hear from visitors. Was this article helpful to you?

4 thoughts on “An Interview With a Recruiter Coordinator

  1. Yvette,
    This article have given me insightful information on how resumes aren’t to exceed one page. I’ve always been told that resumes can be one to two pages long. I also agree with spelling errors can be a deciding factor. Paying attention to detail is very important in the workforce and having an error free resume is one step closer to landing that job. This article is very informative. It’s always good to have a professional viewpoint to give tips and hints in regards to Human Resources. Thank you for the article!

    1. Malcolm, thank you for visiting my site and for the comments. I am so glad to hear this article was informative and insightful for you. You are correct that spelling errors can be a deciding factor. I have seen hiring managers turn applicants away because of ONE spelling error on someone’s COVER LETTER. It can definitely make a difference. Please come back to visit my site again soon.

  2. I am so happy I came across this article. I was wondering how to construct my résumé for future interviews. The advice from the recruiter was straight forward and very helpful. Thank you for posting this article!

    1. Aundrea, thank you so much for visiting my site and for the comment. I am so very glad you found this article helpful and you now know how to construct your resume so that it is helpful in your job search. Please come back to visit again, soon. I wish you well in all your career endeavors.

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