This podcast introduces and discusses the steps firms like McKinsey use to screen and review resumes. Consulting firms and recruiters essentially look for five things:
1 Your school
2 Grades at school
3 Stature of employers
4 Achievements at work
5 Personal experience
It is crucial to remember that this is for the average person. Excellent networking and more can overcome weaknesses in many parts of a resume. That said, all other things being equal, you want to focus on this sequence.
Withing this sequence, firms also look for:
1 A track record of leadership
2 Consistency in “getting the job done”
3 Consistency in taking initiative
Finally, always consider the format. A great format helps you develop good content and NOT a mere cosmetic issue. We insist all our clients use a standard format and it makes a dramatic difference in their success rates.