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Your resume offers a great opportunity to showcase your skills and experience. It could even open the door to the perfect new job. But where do you begin, and how do you know that you’ve created a document that highlights all of your shining skills and experiences?
To help you get started, we’ve pulled together some of our top resume advice and compiled this toolkit. Read on for some tips and tricks, as well as pitfalls to avoid:
You want your resume to be a clean, easy-to-read document, typically consisting of no more than one page, unless you are at a very senior level with many years of experience to show off.
Avoid using a mixture of font styles, and ensure that there is plenty of white space to make it easier to scan. Resist the temptation to cram everything in, otherwise your resume will look cluttered.
Your resume should include the following sections:
Within your employment history, it is important to highlight what you have accomplished. How you establish and demonstrate your achievements is a vital part of this document, as it will play an important role in promoting yourself effectively.
Always consider the meaning of your achievements to your target audience. Endeavor to pick those parts of your performance which are likely to address the reader's concerns and at the same time demonstrate your potential value to the organization. You can look at the job description for the role you’re applying to in order to tailor this effectively.Always quantify your achievements wherever possible, using numbers and timeframes. For example, “I doubled our social media follower count within six months.”
Many consider writing the objective of a resume to be the most challenging part, as the goal is to convey a lot of specific information in a short space. Here are some things to keep in mind as you craft your resume objective:
As a top recruitment consultancy, we review many resumes and can fill you in on many of the most common mistakes we see. Ensure that you avoid:
While you are constructing your resume, it is also worth updating your digital presence on platforms such as LinkedIn. It makes sense to assume that your resume and LinkedIn profile should contain the same kinds of information. And to a certain extent, they should. But the way this information is conveyed via these two platforms should be considerably different.
The amount of information you share and the voice to use should be influenced by the audience you are trying to reach. While your resume can and should be tailored to the specific job you’re applying for, your LinkedIn profile needs to appeal to the masses.
For whatever reason, there may be some length of time when you were not employed. This creates a gap in your resume. It is nothing to be ashamed of, nor is it necessary to address in the document itself.
You should, however, be prepared to discuss this in an interview setting. Whether you were ill, traveling, acting as a caregiver, or were made redundant and laid off, ensure you are ready to explain and put a positive spin on this. What did you do in this time to hone your hard or soft skills? What did you learn?
Of course, if you were fired, you may have to explain the situation more thoroughly. This will need to be handled delicately and with care and will be unique to your own situation.
We have a library of more in-depth resume advice, as well as insights to prepare you for interviews and beyond. Please browse our advice section to learn more.
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