Your resume is your first impression to potential employers and as the saying goes, “first impressions count”.
Whilst you do want your resume to stand out amongst the other job applicants, it is extremely important to remember the fundamental elements that need to be included such as your name, phone number and email address.
This may seem like an obvious piece of advice, but you would be surprised how many resumes are forwarded through to our agency that are missing these essential contact details.
Your resume is your first impression to potential employers.
Here are Some Tips to Create the Perfect Resume
That will leave a professional and lasting impression:
Content Before Layout
There is no point having a professionally designed resume if it’s missing information and is littered with spelling mistakes. Make the content the priority before you do the ‘fun’ stuff of choosing a layout.
Check your Contact Information
Ensure your phone number and email address are up to date so a potential employer can contact you. You also may need to consider how your personal email address will come across to a potential employer. If your email address it is not appropriate or professional, create a new email address just for your job applications.
Keep it Simple
Submitting a 12-page application may sound impressive but many executives and their assistants are not going to spend their time flicking through over ten pages of work history when it could have been summarized in two.
Keep your content simple to ensure the points you want to highlight don’t get lost amongst pages of seemingly irrelevant information.
Spelling and Grammar
With spell and grammar check inclusive on all Word and document editor programs, there is absolutely no excuse or tolerance for a resume to have any errors. In addition to being unprofessional it also shows a lack of attention to detail.
Aim to keep your resume within 3-5 pages long. Page 1 should be kept to your personal details, career history, education details and career highlights. Page 2 and onward should include your most recent jobs including information about your role, your employer and your period of employment. Provide a description for you most recent 3-4 roles with any prior employment acknowledged in a summary form.