Our top tips for your Resume
Published on 20 Nov 2016
We are often asked for advice in relation to resumes and what should and shouldn’t be included. As a general comment it depends on the type of job that you are applying for.
What is a resume (sometimes referred to as a CV)? A resume is a document to market yourself. Think of it as a document that needs to convince another person (or persons) to want to meet with you for an interview. If you don’t have an appealing resume containing the required information, you will not get an interview, let alone the job you are after.
We have come up with our top five do’s and don’ts of resume writing:
What you should do
1. Keep it professional
A resume is a business document, so it must be professional. It should not include any gimmicks, pictures, or strange e-mail addresses. Stick to the facts relevant to the job that you are applying for and keep it very professional. This includes making sure that the correct spelling and grammar is used. Having a second set of eyes look over your draft resume is a must.
2. Make it targeted
A more targeted resume betters your chances of getting an interview. It is fundamental that you adapt your resume to each specific job that you are applying for. Get rid of any information that is not relevant.
3. Make sure that it is well written
A well-written, concise resume will make a greater impression with your employer than a long winded drawn out resume. Positive action words such as: enhanced, influenced, restructured and attained should be used where possible. On the other hand, avoid the current corporate buzz words.
4. Quality over quantity
Your resume is not a chance to tell your life story. It is important to stick to the facts and avoid including irrelevant information and padding your resume. Your skills and experience should do the talking.
5. Keep it simple
Do not use fancy fonts or italics. A resume is not a work of art, those reading it will focus on what is written and will be distracted and not impressed by weird fonts or random italicised words.
What you shouldn’t do
1. Don't list irrelevant previous jobs
The decision whether or not to list your previous roles depends on whether they are relevant to the job that you are applying for. If the skills you’ve acquired will prove useful in the job that you are applying for, then you should probably include them, even if it was a long time ago.
2. Don't include photos
Including a photo creates an immediate first impression on the employer. Your resume shouldn’t contain any personal information that others can judge you on – the way you look, your age, whether or not you have any children and whether or not you are married has no bearing on your ability to do the job.
3. Don't use unprofessional formatting
The formatting and layout of your resume are extremely important. A resume should be clearly and neatly presented. Remember that a disorganised, poorly presented resume could suggest a disorganised, poorly presented person.
4. Don’t use long words and jargon
The vocabulary used in your resume should always be professional. You should be careful not to use big words or jargon that you do not fully understand as it could put potential employers off.
5. Avoid referring to money
Your resume is not the place to refer to the salary that you are expecting. Remember you need to get an interview before you start talking about money.
In summary, the structure and layout of your resume should provide a potential employer with the information that they want to help them make the decision whether or not to interview you.
It is important to note that no one gets a job based on a resume alone. The purpose of the resume is to get the interview.
The Branch Office can help with making your resume look professional and give you the edge that you may need to get your dream job!
If you have any queries or would like our assistance, please contact us on 03 6332 9300 or use our Contact Us form at http://www.branchoffice.com.au/contact