Unfortunately the skill of writing a kick ass resume is not something that’s generally covered off in school. Sure, we all stumble by okay and figure out a format we think looks great and puts us above the rest of the competition, but surely there’s a better way right?! Whether you’re fresh out of school or looking to make a career change down the track, this type expertise is super handy to have.
So where to start? Make sure that you’ve carefully read and re-read the job ad, this will come in handy as you’ll be careful to pop some key words into your application to make it pop. It’ll also show the employer that you’ve paid attention to their description of the position.
In terms of formatting, you want something simple and clear, make sure it’s easy to navigate, and preferably no more than one page, if you can fit it all on. Generally speaking, an employer will spend roughly 20 seconds looking at your resume, so ditch the “interests” section, and only include the nitty gritty.
Promote yourself. Include skills that match the job ad to show the employer you’re exactly the candidate they’ve been looking for, rather than looking for a job that caters to you. Emphasize your skill set using dot points, making it quick and easy to skim over.
Only include your relevant work history. If you’re applying for a job in finance after uni, there’s no need to include the fish and chip shop you worked at when you were 16, keep it relevant.
Lastly and most importantly proofread! Especially if you’ve included “attention to detail” as one of your skills.
Now it’s time to take control of your destiny and start applying!