Your resume is your opportunity to make a great first impression. Employers decide who to interview based on how people present themselves on their resume. Knowing how to write a resume that gets you noticed for all the right reasons is crucial to your job hunting success.
Here are some tips to help:
Make your opening statement count.
Your ‘career summary’ or ‘career objective’ should sum you up as a candidate and immediately demonstrate that you’re a perfect fit for the role. Keep it short and punchy.
Make sure your contact details are up to date.
This seems obvious but double check your phone number and make sure you have a professional sounding email, [email protected] won’t impress the hiring manager.
Highlight your skills and experience.
Don't just list your employment history, pull out and highlight your skills and experience that align with the role and the company you're applying to. This will stand out to the hiring manager who is looking at hundreds of applications.
Use key words.
Scan the job advertisement and look for key words. These could be things like 'innovative', 'team player' and 'detail- orientated'. Make sure you include those key words in your resume. Some larger organisations will actually filter out job applications based on key words.
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Keep your personal interests to a minimum.
If you include a 'interests and hobbies' section on your resume, make sure you think about how your hobbies and interests could look to your potential employer. If you're unsure of anything, don't put it on there.
Check your references.
Before listing your references make sure they're willing to provide a positive reference for you, and let them know that you're applying for jobs, and that they may be contacted for a reference in the near future. If you don't want to list your references up front, it's perfectly acceptable to write 'References available on request' on your resume.
Up your presentation.
Apps like Canva and even Microsoft Word have resume templates you can use. A better designed resume will stand out in the pile and increase your chances of gaining an interview.