Top 10 Tips for Resume's from our Professional Resume Writer04 Jun 2018
Our Professional Resume Writer, Lucy Compton of Successful Resumes, has put together a list of top 10 tips when you're applying for jobs.
- Does your Headline Statement grab the reader’s attention? The first page of your resume has 10 - 30 seconds impress. Whatever the reader really needs to know about you, put it in the headline!
- Use your opening paragraph / summary to tell the reader who you are, what you’ve done in the past, and what you want to do next. Maximum 4-5 sentences!
- Do your Key Strengths relate to the job you are applying for? Read the ad carefully. If you have the skills they’ve asked for, use these dot points to tell them!
- Has your career been a series of short contracts? Try including a Career Path on page 1, then explain the most relevant 3 or 4 jobs in detail!
- Is the Key Responsibility section of your resume a laundry list of dot points? Prioritise the top 7 points and trim the rest.
- Does your resume include 2 or 3 Key Achievements? This is your chance to explain how you’ve added value, reduced costs, improved safety, or completed projects on time and on budget!
- Does your Education & Training look a little thin? Don’t forget to include your internal training courses. HR loves to see relevant on-the-job training!
- Does your resume include Additional Information? Don’t forget to add your computer skills, your residential status, and contact details for at least 2 referees. This should include your current supervisor where possible.
- SPELL CHECK – A resume represents you on paper and must be error free. Spell check on screen, print a hard copy to edit on paper, and have a friend read over it as well.
- Unless Word documents are specifically requested, email / upload your resume in PDF to ensure formatting remains consistent.