Are you certain you know how to get your resume read?
One of the most important things that will help you in securing our ideal position is your resume. To get your resume read or even noticed however, is not so easy! These days, is it not uncommon for a recruitment consultant to receive over 100 applicants to a job they advertise online, and when the average recruiter is managing the recruitment of at least 5 – 10 jobs at any one time, that’s a lot of applications to sort through!
Having personally spent time as a recruiter, and now a specialist resume writer, I can guarantee you that your resume needs to stand out in order to be considered for an interview. Here are some ‘hot tips’ to ensure your resume stands out, and actually gets read:
- Make sure the template that you use is fresh, professional and easy to read – lots of white space is very important.
- DO NOT include pictures of any kind, unless you are applying for a job within an industry that require photographs (e.g. modelling, acting, fashion design, etc.).
- Ensure that your key skills and experience are CLEARLY set out in your resume. There does not have to be too much detail, just enough to convey to the reader the areas you are skilled in.
- Long resumes are not in fashion! The purpose of your resume is to provide the reader with a snapshot of your career within the last 10 years or so. Any resume, no matter how senior or junior your are, should ideally not exceed 4 pages.
- Last but not least, make sure that your resume is ALWAYS accompanied by a well written COVER LETTER. Cover letters boost your professionalism and demonstrate to the reader that you take your job search very seriously. Your cover letter should provide the reader with a brief summary of your experience and key skills, along with why / how you believe you can add value to the position. Why you are interested in the position will be explored at interview stage.
Do not underestimate the power of a good resume – it will make a huge difference to your job search.
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