We’ve provided a free, step-by-step guide to help you structure a resume that will help transform you from a candidate to an interviewee. The first tip is that your resume is NOT a novel; it’s a concise and factual summary of your skills and achievements. But a resume also has the power to demonstrate your personality on paper.
Remember: say it straight and get to the point.
Thirty seconds is all you have to get the attention of an employer. A recruiter or HR manager might recieve hundreds of applications for a role; get on their good side by addressing the criteria required in a short, easy to find way.
Use resume examples and templates.
A quick Google search will showcase plenty of example resumes or CV types that suit your industry. An entry level role and a management role will have different requirements. If you’re unsure about what to include, ask us!
What not to include.
An employer doesn’t need to know your date of birth, gender or marital status to make a decision on your qualifications. If you choose to include interests, make sure they’re relevant to the role, such as volunteering in a management position.
It’s not just your resume that gets looked at…
Be sure to keep your LinkedIn profile up to date and in line with your resume. Just about every firm will Google search prospective employees, so check what shows up.
What to include on your resume.
Your name, phone number and email are a must. We also recommend including your address for any correspondence.
Be sure to list your most current employment first. Include headings such as Employer, Position and Duration of Employment. Ideally in bullet form, list your key responsibilities, tasks, major projects and any significant achievements.
Include Tertiary Qualifications through Universities and/or Tafe, private courses, or industry-relevant qualifications.
A resume is not just a list of your past jobs; a resume is about how you
performed in those positions, what you learned and what you accomplished.
List a minimum of two referees/references. Include their name, position title, employer, contact details and explain the relationship between you and the referee. It is best to ask permission before listing someone as a reference.
A cover letter provides specific experience and relevant stories. It is an excellent way to show that employer why you are a strong candidate for the job.
Your resume could make or break an employer’s decision to consider you.
Taking the time to get your resume right matters if you want to be noticed for the right reasons. Please don’t hesitate to contact your consultant to get a better understanding of what to include and how to present your resume.