A resume is often an employer’s first opportunity to assess your suitability for a role, so making a good first impression is vital. Here are our top tips for writing a resume sure to impress employers:
Your resume is essentially an advertisement, so don’t sell yourself short! This is your opportunity to lay out all your skills, achievements and experience; it’s up to you to show the employer why you’re the person for the job. Include any licenses, certificates and anything else you deem relevant to the job. Take some time to look back over your career so far and make a note of everything you have accomplished.
It’s vital to tailor your resume to the role you’re applying for, instead of creating a general resume that doesn’t speak to anything in particular. By researching the company and the position you’re applying for, you can highlight and expand on the specific skills you possess that link to the role. Resumes that are too generalised tend to include a lot of information but fail to highlight and expand on the areas that will grab the attention of the employer.
Technology has made the research aspect of job-hunting much easier. Take advantage of this and review the company’s social media accounts, see if you have any connections in the company and explore their website, taking note of their culture, goals and mission statements. This will not only aid you in focussing your resume but if you’re invited for an interview, it will boost your preparations for that too.
It’s essential to structure your resume in a way that enables employers to review it without too much effort. Ideally your resume will be structured as follows:
Using this structure allows the employer to find out a little about you and find out if your experience and skills are relevant to the role you’re applying for. Again, use your research to expand on the key points of your resume that you think will be of interest to the hiring manager. Some employers like to find out more about you on a personal stance, so a small paragraph containing your hobbies and interests should be included at the end of your resume.
Resumes should always exude professionalism throughout, use font’s like Times New Roman or Arial and your text should always remain black. Try to avoid any special characters and don’t include any pictures, clip art or colours.
It’s crucial to keep your resume clear and well-structured for Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) to be able to read your resume.
Applicant Tracking Software (ATS)
ATS is also referred to as a resume-reading robot, an advanced piece of technology programmed to review resumes and highlight those applicants that contain the skills required for a role. It’s currently estimated that 75% of employers are utilising ATS, making it integral that proper formatting and structure rules are followed to avoid ATS over-looking your resume.
A great resume is well structured, focused on a specific role and looks professional. By following these tips, you can put your best foot forward and be confident that your resume is a positive reflection of you and your skills.
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