Your resume is a tool with one purpose: to get you in front of our clients. Research suggests that majority of employers scan CVs rather than read them, so you have less than a minute to make an impact.
In that time, it has to persuade recruiters and/or employers that they should interview you; so if you’re thinking of updating your resume or you’re about to apply for a role, read our guide and make necessary changes to give yourself the best chance of securing that interview.
To give yourself the best chance of securing a face to face meeting with a prospective employer, we have developed the following basic tips to follow when preparing your resume:
• Keep the look simple, avoid photographs and make your point quickly;
• Tailor your resume for each specific application;
• Do not refer to yourself in the third person;
• Use the past tense and choose strong action verbs;
• Make your CV achievement oriented; give evidence to support your capability statements; and
• Include the company profile of the organisations that you have worked for and make sure you detail company size in regards to local and global turnover.
The most common mistakes:
The most common mistake is when a jobseeker simply adds the last role to their most recently saved CV and this process has been occurring for years. Subsequently a 10-page document that is too long is submitted. By following the simple tip below, you will reduce the length of your resume to ideally 3-4 pages and ensure you give yourself the best chance of securing an interview:
• Go into detail in regards to the last role and two proceeding it making sure this information is achievement oriented. This information in the majority of cases will be the most crucial to influence a recruiter and/or employer that they should interview you and so this information should make up the majority of the content and be covered in pages 2 and 3; and
• Delete old irrelevant information; roles held over 10 years ago should be brief i.e. should only detail company name, job title and duration of employment and give very little or no detail regarding responsibilities. By deleting pages of responsibilities for roles held a decade ago you will significantly reduce the length of your resume and make it relevant for today.
Key areas to strengthen your resume are:
Qualifications and Professional Memberships
• List both academic and non-academic qualifications in chronological order and detail professional memberships.
Highlight Major Achievements
• Begin with your most recent job and make sure when you detail your responsibilities you include your major achievements. It is these achievements that will make you stand out from the competition.
• Listing your interests is important, but do not generalise. Personal interest will show a potential employer who you are and how you might align with their culture.
Finally, check your resume before submitting it. Make sure you check it thoroughly, not just for spelling mistakes, but also to make sure that it is a clear representation of you, that it is relevant and that it will encourage the recruiter/employer to contact you to find out more.