At Cummins, we want to understand your qualifications and how your aspirations may be a fit for employment.  Below are recruiter responses from our team to help you prepare your resume:


What are the most important parts of a resume?

“A candidate’s contact information is very important, especially if it can change if you move to and from college.  Make sure there is updated information on your profile so we can reach out to you at any time. We can’t call you if your contact information isn’t correct.”

“For college candidates, it’s important for education, level of degree & receiving graduation date to be at the top of the page.  If they don’t match what we’re looking for, I usually move on to other candidates who may be a closer fit.”

“If you’re a recent college graduate, how professional your resume is can help us decide if we move on with a phone interview.  Talent scouts often look at extracurricular activities you’re interested in.  Think seriously about how someone who doesn’t know you might find negative items.”


Is there a format to my resume that works best?

“Resume organization and layout is important, so make it clear and concise.  Bullet points can make your details look appealing and easier to review.  Sometimes wordy resumes are too long.  It usually takes me less than 60 seconds to review if you could be a match for the position we’re working on.”

“Don’t over format your resume either because it tends to hide keywords – don’t overuse bold font and background colour or pictures.  Sometimes candidates try to make their resume pretty.  Instead, it often makes it busy.  Borders, pretty designs or intricate writing – please simply give us the info we need.”

“We don’t ask for personal references on your resume.  Date of birth isn’t always critical either, especially considering since you can be very young or a seasoned employee and be highly qualified for the job.  Marital status is never a deciding factor in employment with our Company.”


Are certain items on my resume more important than others?

“Your relevant work experience & skill set is very important.  We think about leadership qualities because we’re looking for people who can move through our hire-to-develop model.  It could be a good idea to include leadership training courses or certifications in the industry that you have acquired.”

“Do you see gaps in your work history?  Make sure you explain any gaps on your online social profile if there are any.  It can present questions for the hiring manager as to why you were out of work.”

“Any key skills you have should be included as keywords on your resume.  Some have very specific skill sets, so as we’re scanning resumes I look for keywords that are included.  We search LinkedIn by specific words that match the descriptions we’re sourcing for.  Don’t use keywords that aren’t applicable to your skill set because that can lower your ranking in search results.”