Your resume is your first hand shake to a potential employer and it’s very important you get it right! I read a really interesting article the other day that said 91% of job applicants were making easily avoidable mistakes on their resumes, 91% that’s huge! 9 out of 10 resumes contained at least one of these following errors: Incomplete employment history, incorrectly formatted file names, CVs that were too long or too short and spelling mistakes.
CV length was also a big issue, with a third of candidates going over or under the two to three-pages optimal length, it’s important to remember that your CV is just a snapshot of your skills and work history, a possible employer doesn’t need to know you like cooking Italian on the weekends.
The layout of your resume is also important, it should be easy to read and spaced out accordingly.
- Start with your contact details
- Then include a little snapshot bio of your overall skill set (keep it around a paragraph)
- Then go on to list your employment history, bold the name of the company and your role, then list your actual role underneath. Also ensure you include the years that you held that position
- Go on through bullet proof form to list your experience within the roles you have held.
- Now is the time to list personal qualities eg proven ability to communicate with a wide variety of people or able to retain product knowledge. Just ensure with these they make sense and apply to the role you are applying for.
Include two references who can vouch for your work history and voila you are ready to email off that resume and get the job you want!
Make sure you are checking off this list below to ensure your resume is on point:
- Make sure your email address is professional and easy to type, if you have the same email address you had from your teens chances are it’s time to update it. firstname.lastname@example.org isn’t going to fly when your emailing your resume to a recruiter or HR manager.
- Ensure your LinkedIn is up to date, most HR managers or recruiters will have a look at your LinkedIn page to ensure you aren’t telling porkies on your resume.
- Tailor your resume to suit the job you are applying for and always make sure the attachments are named appropriately. For example if your resume saves automatically as sara_smyth_word18_project_resume then rename and resave it so say Sara Smyth Resume – simple right!
- If your resume is a hit, somebody will want to get in touch with you. All resumes should include a physical address, an email address, and a telephone number where you can actually be reached. While it is highly unlikely that any prospective employer will contact you by snail mail, the physical address is important because employers will want to make an assessment of whether a relocation may be necessary, or if the commute is in the too hard basket.
- And last but not least, have your resume sanity checked by a friend to double check for spelling errors, grammatical mistakes or punctuation errors. Even the greatest of resumes can be undermined by a tiny mistake.
Best of luck on the job hunt!
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