10 Tips From A Recruiter: How To Land The Job

Susan Bishop has been a recruiter for 24 years. She decided to share a bit of her experience with me – with us.

10. Cover letter

Your cover letter should absolutely NOT be a duplicate of your resume. It defeats the purpose of having one in the first place. If you decide to write a cover letter, then make it count and stand out!

9. One-page resume

True, some people don’t need more than one page to showcase their experience and accomplishments. However, you should not withhold information JUST to make it fit in one page. If you have extensive project or related industry experience, you should absolutely list them [even if that means a second page]

8. Accomplishments

While showcasing your accomplishments, present them in a true and up-to-date numerical form. This gives recruiters quantitative reasons to hire you. As Susan said, “Your resume is a representation of you, and your accomplishments are there to back you up – don’t sell yourself short”

7. Auto-correct

Fun fact, the most misspelled work Susan sees on a resume is MANAGER. Turns out that manger is a word in the dictionary, so when people misspell manager as MANGER, spell checker doesn’t highlight the mistake. Attention to details!

6. Objective

Your objective is the very first thing a recruiter sees on your resume. A bad objective can ruin your chances of getting the job in seconds. Susan’s tip is to ALWAYS change the objective to the job you are applying to. If not, then it is better to leave the objective out

5. Contact information

Make sure your resume contains at least two ways to contact you [phone number and email address]. Also, if you would like to be taken seriously and land the job, hold back on the weird emails. How do you think a recruiter feels when they have to send the interview confirmation to lovekittens-xoxo772@hotmail.com ?

4. Do your homework

Doing research on the company that you are applying to will get you far during the interview. Knowing the company not only helps you ask the right questions and stand out from other candidates, but it will also help you find out if they are a good fit for you

3. Dress the part

The first impression you make is a key part of landing the job. Eye contact, firm handshake, and dress for success! Susan believes it is always better to be overdressed than underdressed

2. Follow up

Sending a thank you email after the interview helps you stand out and show your level of commitment. A hand written card is always a nice gesture, but you don’t want to wait too long to touch base with them. It is best to follow up while the interview is still fresh on their mind – which is why an email will work

1. Ask for the job

There is nothing wrong with asking for the job. However, you should do it in your own words, in your own way. You can ask them about the timeline of the process – how much longer will they interview people? When are they planning on making a decision? Show them that you feel confident in your ability to be successful in this position.


Susan has been very happy since she joined Link. She loves our culture, she connects to our core values, and she gets to do what she is good at, every day. If you would like to get in touch with her, for industry expertise, career opportunities, networking or to learn more about Link Staffing, please don’t hesitate to contact her at sbishop@localhost