What Skills Do Recruiters Want to See on Your Resume?

June 04, 2018

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Once you decide to apply to a recruitment firm, your resume will be your first chance to make a great first impression. There are certain skills and qualities recruiters are looking for that you can incorporate into your resume. Below, you will find which skills recruiters are looking for and how to use them to effectively market yourself.

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The Ability to Learn from Your Experiences

This skill is all about learning from difficult circumstances and adapting that knowledge to future situations. On your resume, show how at specific times in the past you were resourceful and responded to challenges by adapting and changing the status quo. Tell recruiters what you learned at your last position and how this will change the way you work in your new role.


Grit refers to the steady pursuit of a long-term goal. Show recruiters your passion and commitment by detailing the goals you have met despite arduous or surprising circumstances. For example, instead of writing, “Met sales targets three years in a row,” say, “Met sales targets three years in a row through staff changes and the opening of a new location.” This shows the recruiter you continue to meet your goals through changing conditions and new challenges.


By looking at your resume, recruiters are aiming to predict your future performance based on your past work experience.

On a resume, reliability can come through by emphasizing promotions you received or times you were called upon to work on a specific project or lead a new team.

Motivation and Ambition

Ambition shows recruiters you are motivated and will be looking to go above and beyond once hired. Through your resume, you can demonstrate this quality by emphasizing achievements that include working in a leadership capacity or exceeding set targets and goals.

Similarly, high-quality volunteer work and extracurriculars demonstrate a drive to improve and grow. Highlighting your ambitions will display your commitment to your career.


When reading a resume, a recruiter will be able to detect exaggerations of job titles and responsibilities. It is a recruiter’s job to match employers with great candidates, and they will always double-check your employment history and references.

Be transparent about your experience and your strengths. This will create a good relationship between you and the recruiter and showcase your value to organizations as an honest employee.

Your Personality

While keeping your industry in mind, find a way to show your personality while explaining your work history and how your experience makes you a great candidate.

Even better, if you have an established online presence, be sure to include your social media contact information. This can help recruiters see more of your personality but also demonstrate that you have a level of industry expertise and interest outside your work.

These skills can be tailored to any industry or experience level. The key is to showcase your work experience in a way that gives the recruiter a feel for who you are, your experience, and how the skills you have learned make you an ideal candidate.


Lee Sitarz

Lee Sitarz

Lee earned a degree in marketing from York University, which has helped her succeed in various roles in the staffing industry. She has over 20 years of progressive staffing experience including Branch Management, Sales, Operations, and Marketing. Lee is active at giving back to her community, and spends her down time with her husband and three beautiful daughters.

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