Resume Tips

Writing a resume? Have you considered these points?

Writing a good resume can be one of the toughest challenges of job hunting, but never fear!

We have compiled our top 10 hints on how to show the world your true self and get all those important interviews.

Step 1: Keep it simple and relevant

Usually, a résumé should not be more than two pages – and that is two pages of A4 size paper. An employer, on average will spend just 8 seconds looking at your résumé, and a sure-fire way of landing yourself on the rejected pile is to send them your entire life story. Keep it simple, to-the- point, and save those little details for the interview.

Step 2: Handle those errors

Employers do look for mistakes on résumé, and if they find them, it makes you look unsuitable for the position. If you are unsure, then use a spellchecker or ask someone else to double-check what you have written. Do not forget always proofread your résumé before submitting it.

Step 3: Customize it according to the job position

We have all done it, used the same résumé to send to different applications to save time. Stop! Take the time to make changes to your résumé before applying to each role. Organize your experience in chronological order; that is, list the most recent position first. Research the company and use the job advert to work out exactly what skills you should point out to them. They will appreciate the effort.

Step 4: Keep it real and true

Everyone lies on their résumé, right? NO! False statements on your résumé can land you in a whole heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new job for lying. You also may get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can’t answer questions on what you claim to know, that can be pretty awkward.

Step 5: Include a personal statement

Don’t just assume an employer will see how your experience relates to the job. Instead, use a short personal statement to explain why you are the best person for the job.

Step 6: Filling in those spaces

Leaving noticeable time gaps on your résumé between your work experience can often make the employer suspicious. If you have been out of work it can be a worry but just put a positive spin on it. Did you go on a vacation, take a course, volunteer or develop a soft skill such as communication, teamwork or project management? If so, shout it out!

Step 7: Keep it current

You should keep your résumé up-to- date whether you are looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it in your résumé so you do not forget anything that could be substantial.

Step 8: Do the math

This may sound dull but by backing up your achievements with numbers, it makes selling yourself much easier. When writing your work history, don’t just say that you increased sales; tell them you increased sales by 70% over a six-month period. Get it? Big numbers are particularly good but see that they are not lies.

Step 9: Make it look good

Take some time to pretty up your resume. Use bullet points and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around text and between categories to make the layout easy on the eye. Alternatively, get creative with your job application.

Step 10: Make it searchable (Keyword friendly)

Mentioning relevant keywords in the résumé are crucial, and it will help recruiters to find you quickly. Job titles and buzzwords will help a search engine pick out your résumé from the pile. Confused? Don’t be. Take a example a marketing candidate, who may mention keywords such as SEO (Search Engine Optimization), that are related to the experience and skills that they may possess. If you are not sure, have a search online and see what words are commonly used relating to your qualifications.