You’re selling a product – YOU
Writing a resume can be daunting, but your resume is just an advertisement, and you’re selling the thing you know most about in the world – you! It’s all a matter of knowing what it is you can offer – and figuring out how to lay it all out in the right way.
Even if you don’t always feel like it, you’ve accomplished a lot to get to where you are today, and you have a lot to offer. Your resume is all about putting that information in an easy to read format so that prospective employers can see who you are.
The 35-second rule
Most job ads get a lot of responses, so you have to make sure your resume makes the right impression – and quickly.
Keep it short, less than one page if you can, two at most, and only include information that is relevant to the role.
Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors – Always double check your spelling, and always get someone else to take a look through the resume before you send it out.
Using shorthand or text language – Avoid using acronyms that a recruiter or employer may not know. Don’t write 1st/2nd – write out the words instead.
Unprofessional email addresses – You’ll lose credibility if your personal email address includes a silly nickname – make a new account for your job search.
- Put your name, address and phone number at the top of the document – double check all the details are correct!
- Include a short professional profile at the start of your resume. Just a few sentences that will introduce you to the employer and give an overview of who you are.
- Use clear formatting and bullet points to draw the reader’s eye to key information.
- Include any relevant qualifications and training you have.
- List your most recent position first.
What to leave out
- Your date or place of birth
- Your marital status or number of children
- Photographs or graphics
- Your reasons for leaving your previous job
- Your hobbies – unless they are relevant to the job
- Your salary expectations
Note: Whether or not you include references is entirely up to you. If you’d like to leave them out, instead write: “References available upon request” at the bottom of your document.
Don’t be modest!
Sometimes it can be hard to talk about yourself. Talking to the people around you – friends, family and people you’ve worked with (or for) in the past, can help you identify your strengths if you’re having trouble.
Don’t be afraid to make edits
Your resume is a living document, if it’s not getting you the interviews you want, don’t be afraid to change it up. Even just making a few tweaks to your language or formatting can make a big difference.
Finally – don’t give up!
Looking for work can be frustrating, but the right job is out there for you – don’t lose hope! Need some inspiration? Click here to take a read through some of our success stories.
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