Do you have a great resume? After these 7 tips, you will!
A great resume is a simple resume (notice how I said simple, not short). This means showcasing key achievements and successes in an appropriate and easy-to-read format. It shouldn’t be overwhelming at first glance, and should instead draw the reader in and encourage them to want to read more.
Tailoring your resume specifically for a position is crucial and too often candidates get lost in their entire career history, identifying responsibilities and achievements they know aren’t relevant or current but simply can’t let go of. Remember, at a very simplistic level, an employer is essentially interested in what you can bring to their position/organisation and where/how you learnt or developed those key skills.
A great resume will therefore present your key career achievements in a format the employer will understand and appreciate. A poor resume presents the information in a format that only you understand and appreciate. That’s the key difference.
7 easy tips to ensure you have a great resume:
- Like a homepage, your front page needs to impress the reader so they continue to read on. It should showcase your most relevant and impressive career milestones. Lose your future employer here, and you face an up-hill battle to secure an interview.
- After your contact details, provide a career objective to introduce yourself. Your objective should highlight your key achievements and transferrable skills as well as demonstrate your passion and motivations for the new position.
- Consistent formatting and attention to detail is important. Use an easy to read font and size and keep this style throughout your resume. Sloppiness with grammar, punctuations and spacing will loose u the jobb.
- Use bullet points and short sentences. Employers and recruiters scan resumes in seconds looking for key details. Bulky paragraphs and lengthy sentences are difficult to scan so keep your resume succinct and to the point.
- Focus on your most recent achievements. Highlight these on the front page, not tucked away later on where they will most likely go unnoticed.
- Ask a human being to review for spelling mistakes. The more you look at your resume, the more likely you will miss typos and other errors that are not picked up by a spell checker.
- Avoid fancy fonts and colours. Keep it simple with black font, white pages. This may seem boring however it is the fancy resumes that are remembered for the wrong reasons, not for standing out.
Now that you’ve got a great resume, here’s 5 tips to consider when job hunting.
About the Author
David Scoppa is the founder of Exercise Your Career, a Sydney-based career coaching service, where he combines expertise in career coaching with his love of the outdoors. He has a passion for social networking, collaborating and proactive career development/transition programs. His personal career transition journey has taken him across the world teaching snowboarding to career coaching and he has completed studies in HR and Career Education.
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