Rick Gillis is an author/speaker/radio and TV host—all with an emphasis on employment and job search. Rick says that job search is no longer about selection. It’s about preventing elimination! Read more...
When you get past the headline that initially nabbed your attention, what follows better be a rich and compelling first paragraph. Without a lead that captures the reader, attention wanes and you are off to the next article or website.
The same is true of the recruiter. Come on people, think about this! Recruiters are real, human people too! They deserve concise, well written information. Otherwise why should they continue with your submission when they may have 1,000 or more resumes screaming for attention in their inbox?
It is my contention that your first paragraph should state how you will bring value to the organization. That will grab your reader’s attention. Why? Because those other screaming resumes will be uniformly expressing a desire to acquire a "rewarding and challenging career." In these economically trying times, a company cannot afford to hire the wrong person. Recruiters are tasked with bringing in only those people who can provide value from the get go.
Don't just tell them you want to succeed, tell them how you will achieve that success.