Ingredients for a great resume

Posted: 9th Oct

 

Why is a resume needed?

  • Resumes are expected for almost all types of jobs from Clerk to Chief Executive Officer
  • Resumes allow you to have all the facts in the one place
  • A strong resume can make you appear more professional than another candidate

 

Ingredients for a great resume

The job market is competitive; sometimes one job can have a huge number of applicants. In these situations, an employer/ recruiter only spends an average of 6 seconds per resume!

This means you need your top-selling points and why you’re best suited to the job, front and centre.

Make your writing clear and to the point, in a 1-2 page resume.

  • Sell yourself! In many job application processes, a strong resume is your ticket to an interview
  • Effective keywords/ power words and statements in response to the job ad you’re applying for. Your resume should be customised for each individual job you apply for
  • Computer-generated with simple formatting, font size 11 or 12 point in black or grey, printed on clean white paper
  • 1–2 pages in length
  • Include accomplishments, awards and achievements
  • Focus on your strengths, but never exaggerate the truth
  • Include all current contact details for yourself and referees
  • Explain gaps in employment history (travelling, parenting, studying etc.)
  • Leave out: date of birth, place of birth or marital status. These items do NOT need to be included
  • Have someone proofread your resume for mistakes or information that may have been overlooked