Ever wanted your Resume to present in a more professional manner than others? Here are 15 top tricks to make that happen.
15 tips to writing the perfect resume
- Keep it professional
Your Resume is a business document- it is no place for pictures or unprofessional email addresses. Centre your contact details at the top of the page. Include name, address, mobile and email. Make sure your contact details are on every page in case the pages get separated after being printed.
- Keep your font professional and readable
The 10 best fonts for your resume are: Calibri, Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Cambria, Garamond, Book Antiqua, Trebuchet MS, Arial narrow, Didot- size 11 or 12 but no larger than 12.
- Use bullet points
No employer will have the time to read long paragraphs. Make sure you use bullet points and short sentences to describe your experiences and educational background.
- One resume for each employer
One of the most common mistakes people make is creating a standard resume and sending it to all job openings. Tailor your resume for each employer. The same applies for your cover letters.
- One or two pages
The ideal length for a resume is one or two pages maximum. Keep in mind, provided that all essential information is there, the shorter your resume is, the better.
- No hobbies
Unless you are 100% certain that your hobbies will support your application, avoid mentioning them.
- List all your positions
If you have worked for the same company for a long period of time list all the different positions and roles that you had during this time separately.
- Quality over quantity
Don’t write your life story. Only include experience and interests which you think are relevant to the job you are applying for.
- Dot point your key strengths
The aim of doing this is to give the employer a quick snapshot of what you have to offer.
- Professional history
Outlook your career history in reverse chronological order. The structure to follow is: Job title, employer, dates, and responsibilities.
- Self Promote
Promote and sell yourself. Don’t be afraid to sell your skills, accomplishments and abilities. Focus on what you can offer the business.
- Spell Check and grammatical errors
Every computer or laptop has spell check, so use it. Your resume needs to be grammatically perfect. If it isn’t, employers will make assumptions that you cannot write or don’t care. Never send out a resume without asking people to proofread the document for grammar, spelling and formatting. One error could be the difference between getting an interview and being looked over.
- Use Mr and Ms if appropriate
If you have a gender neutral name like Alex or Sam make sure to include the Mr or Ms Prefix.
- Update your resume regularly
It is a good idea to keep your resume updated. Add all new relevant information, as well as courses, training and other academic achievements you have received along the way.
- Put the strongest results first
Employers spend on average just 8 seconds looking at any resume, put the accomplishments you’re most proud of and that are most relevant first.