Every resumé is a personal marketing communication tool. It is essentially selling your skills, experience and knowledge to a prospective employer. Your resumé should be as relevant as possible to the job position or industry you are applying to.
With a little extra effort, you can create a resumé that makes you really stand out from other candidates applying for the very same job. Even if you are facing competition, with a well written and formatted resumé you could possibly be invited to an interview before someone with more qualifications than you.
Imagine that you’ve applied for a job that looks like it would be absolutely perfect for you and matches your skills and experience.
You’ve sent your resumé with a cover letter in application for the position and plenty of others have also applied for this role and feel that they too have the right skills & experience. Soon the recruiter or employer is staring at a pile of maybe a hundred applications or more. Most resumes will only be afforded a quick glance so what you want to do is stand out from the rest and be asked in for an interview. What we hope to do with this brief resume guide is to give you the basic tools to be one of those that make the shortlist.
What you want any recruiter or employer to think when they see your resume is that they will get direct benefits. It tells the recruiter or employer that you have what it takes to be successful. You want to stimulate interest in meeting you and learning more about you and to inspire a phone call to attend an interview.
What you want to do with your resume to sell yourself is the following:
If applying for a position within the creative market, always assume that your resume is your portfolio so this would show a sample of your skills. Otherwise pretty pictures, borders and colours aren’t really necessary. Also, always ensure that you spell check your work and get someone to proof read it – there is nothing worse than spelling and grammar mistakes in a resume.
Give up to date contact information, including address, telephone number (mobile number is a good idea but indicate after hours if needed), email address (a personal email address is best but make sure it’s appropriate) and address (if you are moving from another state or city it is always a good idea to indicate that you are willing to relocate or relocating). If you are applying for a role that is located on the Southside but you live far North an employer or recruiter may assume that you have not read the ad properly, so indicate that you are willing to travel if that is the case.
It is a good idea to have a list of certificates and qualifications, under the heading education, if you have them.
When listing your employment history make sure it’s your most recent role that is listed first. Don’t sell dates – we want to see what role you had and where, then we want to know how long for. If you have been in the temping market for a while then have subheadings – example: Various Temporary Assignments, 2005 to Current. You want your title to be the selling point, if you are applying for a Project Administrator role and you have that experience and background than you want that to be where employers’ eyes are drawn to. Have your duties/responsibilities in bullet points, and go into detail with these. You don’t want to have a 10 page resume so if you’ve had many different roles in the past than listing every single job with bullet points isn’t necessary.
You have a choice between listing your referees or having a statement saying that ‘referees from recent positions/position will be available on request’
Just remember to take pride in your resumé and its contents. Format your resume from the left side of the page and use an easy to read font.
We are more than happy to provide advice on how to set out your resume on the phone or via email. We can also help with formatting if need be – simply email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help with your resume and this guide is just not doing it for you.