You applied to the dream job, you had all the right skills, but…you didn’t get it. Why? Well it could be your resume (aka your CV).
A resume is really important when it comes to applying for jobs – it presents your skills and experience in a clear and concise way. Well, at least that is what it’s meant to do. If you feel like yours doesn’t quite do that, then here are some tips and resources to help.
First, make sure your resume is properly formatted. In other words, neatly laid out on the page.
Your resume can have six sections as follows:
1. Resume Header with your contact information. This info should include: your full name, professional title, email address, telephone number, LinkedIn profile, home address
2. Personal Profile: this is about you, your skills and what you hope to bring to the role you’re applying for. (Look at the resources below for examples).
3. Work Experience. List your experience but focus on your achievements in the role. For example: “Published 2000 newspaper articles in one week”. Use action works like “created”, “analysed” “managed” etc. Emphasise the achievements that match the job you’re applying for.
4. Education. List the latest qualification you got, where you got it, and when you graduated. If the last place you graduated from was high school, put the name and location of your high school and underneath the year you graduated. If you are applying with little or no work experience, put education above your work experience.
5. Skills. List any skills you have. Include a really short description. Make sure they are relevant to the job.
6. Additional Information. Here you can have things like volunteer experience, hobbies and interests, projects, freelance work etc
- choose clear fonts,
- have a consistent resume layout
- don’t cram your resume with graphics
- No photos (unless they ask)
- Keep your resume brief and relevant
Take a look at the resources below for some examples, I know you’ve have just read a lot of text and probably just want to see some good old images. .
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