For many people, just the thought of writing a resume is daunting. It’s quite hard to know how to begin and what information you should include. It can almost seem like an impossible task. To help you on your way, here are some tips you should think about while writing your resume.
Define the type of job you want beforehand
If you have decided on the type of job you are aiming for you can then begin structuring the content of your resume around your proposed goal. If you want a local job in the Castle Hill area for example, because you live in Baulkham Hills, write about your local achievements relating to the Hills District. Local knowledge is a great asset if you are looking for local employment.
Problems arise if you try and write your resume without having a definite objective to aim for. Your resume will most likely come across as unfocused to those reading it. Before starting, take the time to form a clear and definite aim. Most jobs, be it temporary, permanent or contracted, require you to hand in a resume
Your resume is selling you
To put it simply, at Norwest Recruitment YOU are the product and your resume is selling you to the potential employers that will read it. Your resume is basically a brochure about you. Some simple questions to answer in your resume are ‘What are my features and benefits?’ and ‘What makes me unique?’ Try to think of some similar questions, and address them in your resume.
Write your resume to get an interview
You don’t need to worry about going into minute details of your every accomplishment. Try and be as concise as possible. The intention of your resume is to provoke a lot of interest in you and to have an employer contact you requesting an interview. Use this interview to give the employer a more in-depth explanation of your achievements, with the ultimate goal being to be given a job offer.
Bullet your sentences
Try to use bullets in the body of your resume along with short sentences as opposed to long tedious paragraphs. Your resume is meant to be read quickly and this bulleted format of sentencing makes it easier for someone to scan through your resume quickly yet still take in the information.
Adding in some action words to your resume can help liven it up and make it more interesting to read. Use bulleted sentences that start with verbs such as monitored, presented or developed.
Use symbols like a dollar or percentage sign
Using symbols like a dollar sign or percentages can really make those areas of your resume stand out and look important. If you use them intelligently you can draw the readers' eye to important pieces of information.
Start with your strengths
Resumes are generally read over in 30 seconds so make sure you put the bullets that most strongly support your job goal at the top of the page. If a potential employer reads over your resume quickly and doesn’t find anything of interest quickly your resume will end up in the trash.
Go over the ads for jobs that interest you and use the key words in their ads and match them in your resume. If you are looking for work in the Hills district, match suburbs such as Baulkham Hills, Castle Hill, Norwest, Norwest Business Park, North West Sydney, The Hills, Seven Hills, Blacktown, Parramatta, Kings Park and Kings Langley.
Use business lingo
Try and use terms that show how competent you are in a certain field. Most of these types of words will be in ads or on the websites of the companies in the same business.
Only include positives
Discount the negatives and irrelevant information. If some of your duties in your current job don’t support your current job search goal then leave them out of your resume. Instead, just focus on the things you do that support your objective.
It’s not what you know, it’s who you know
If you have talked to someone important in the workplace you’re aiming for, such as an assistant manager department manager then say so. This can tell the reader that you are important enough for a further look.
Write your resume to be easily read
Make sure you leave some white space so the page doesn’t look cluttered and unreadable. A good font size is something no smaller than 10 point. Try to limit the length of your resume to one or two pages. Don’t forget, resumes are always looked over quickly, so try and help the person reading to find the important information easily.
Have another person look over your resume
It can be difficult for you to write about all of your positives and convey all your accomplishments. Have someone look over your resume and encourage them to ask questions. These questions can help you to locate problems or forgotten points of information that you need to include. They can also help to identify areas of your resume that might be confusing to the reader.
Distribute your resume to employers
The more resumes you hand to potential employers, the more chance you have of getting a positive response from at least one of them. Also, apply for jobs that may, at first, sound beneath you. They might turn out to be a lot more challenging and interesting than they initially appeared to be once you get to have an interview for them.
You can hand in your resume to employment centres and recruitment companies or agencies who will then distribute your resume to interested employers looking for staff and personnel. In summing up;
- Cover letter
- Always send a covering letter
- Keep it brief.
- Avoid using generic letters, address the person/consultant and sell your relevant experience and selection criteria to this specific job.
- Personal Information
- Include your daytime contact details as well as your home and email addresses.
- Keep your career and personal objectives up to date. Some candidates aren’t aware they are culled from a job shortlist because their objective is to work in an advertising agency when they’ve applied for a role in an insurance company.
- The length of your resume should be proportional to your work experience i.e. graduates 1 – 2 pages, experienced candidates 5 pages maximum.
- Bear in mind your reader and make it visually appealing and easy to read.
- Use bullet points and avoid longwinded paragraphs.
- Employment History
- List your current/most recent position first.
- Include the dates of employment, employers name and company overview, position title, key responsibilities, key achievements and reason for leaving.
- Give greater emphasis to the more recent and relevant roles.
- Proof Read
- Use spell check but don’t rely on it.
- Ask yourself how will your CV rate if the reader is reviewing another 40 resumes?