Resume Writing Tips
The value of a good resume cannot be underestimated. Without a good resume you have little chance of opening the door for an interview. It is, therefore, imperative that you get it right the first time, given that there are rarely second chances. To give you that opportunity we have assembled some tips to help you on the road to success:
The Minimum Requirements of your Sydney Resume
It needs to be:
- Concise and to the point.
- Well written and correctly formatted.
- Without spelling or grammar errors.
- Detailed, but no more than is required to present you as a rounded executive.
The majority of executive resumes are normally 4-6 A4 pages in length, although this is not set in stone.
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- There may be 30 or 40 applicants for a given position. This means the potential employer, or recruiter, will filter out many of them by reading only the first page. The 1st page is where you give recruiters and employers the information that they need to quickly assess your expertise, capabilities and skills; they like to see snapshots, and will often assess your candidacy in less than 30 secs based on the first page.
- A Contact section at the beginning of the resume detailing your name, telephone and mobile number, and e-mail address is mandatory. Please note that personal details like DOB, marital status, ethnicity etc should not be included.
- Don’t assume your reader knows or uses the jargon or acronyms you use in relation to your field of work. Spell everything out in simple and clear terms.
- In detailing your work experience, work backwards from today. Include all your jobs – although it is not normally necessary to go back further than 10 years.
- The following work experience details should be included:
Employer name and City, and Country if relevant.
Start and end date.
Your title/role description.
List your responsibilities.
List your achievements in the role (very important).
It is absolutely essential that, on finishing your first draft, you edit and proofread the document. A resume dotted with errors is a resume destined for rejection.
Things You Should and Shouldn’t Do
- Ensure your Resume is clear and easy-to-read.
- Include your contact details.
- Use a font such as Arial, Georgia or Times New Roman.
- Explain any interruptions to your career.
- Be generous in your use of space, as this enables clarity.
- Include a coversheet.
- Write in the 3rd person.
- Use words like ‘Consultant' in job title without providing further details - this does not mean anything.
- Include details about age, marital status, ethnicity, health, religion.
- Use a cheap standardised resume template, as it will impact negatively on the important first impression.
- Use complex formatting.
- Use bold text to highlight keywords.
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