A resume is a very important document, but it’s not a biography, it’s a SALES tool. It is a document with the sole purpose of getting you to the interview stage. It should be a concise and effective document that demonstrates the business case for you being interviewed.
Each resume should be prepared for the specific role for which you are applying, with variations, responding to the needs of the Hiring Manager as described in the advertisement.
STUDIES SHOW YOU HAVE 6-20 SECONDS TO CATCH THE DECISION MAKERS ATTENTION WITH YOUR CV.
SUGGESTIONS FOR AN EFFECTIVE RESUME
Contact Information: Always place this at the top and make sure its correct.
- First and last names or any other names you want to be called
- City, State, and Post Code (We don’t recommend your street name for privacy)
- Telephone numbers, home and or mobile. WHATEVER YOU DO MAKE SURE YOUR HAVE VOICEMAIL SETUP FOR ANY LISTED NUMBERS.
- E-mail address: CHECK YOUR EMAIL AND JUNK/SPAM FOLDER DAILY.
Objective: This is where you really sell yourself. Make it about 2-4 sentences but keep it brief.
Education: We suggest you put all completed education degrees, courses and any certifications on your resume. Include those relevant to the position on the front page and any others on a list at the back.
Spelling and English: Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors can suggest poor literacy, a poor eye for detail or carelessness. Either way they can launch your resume onto the reject pile with great speed. Don’t rely solely on your spell checker, go through the document using a pointer such as a pen to ensure you focus on each and every word, and then get someone else to check it for you.
Job Chronology: Always begin your job order with current employer and back to 10 years of your previous employer. Work prior to this needs to be briefly mentioned, but unless relevant to the sought after role should be quickly summarized. Include the month and year when you began and ended each position. Your current employer should be month and year started – Present. Let the job title do the talking and avoid putting a bullet point list of the position responsibilities. Hiring Managers know what a Desk Head or Short Term Planning Engineer does, what they need is context. Measurables are key here, so include your annual budget, the number of staff that reported to you, the number of businesses you serviced and so on.
We suggest using paragraphs to explain your experience. Remember though; keep them direct, short and to the point. Do not under sell yourself but do not exaggerate anything either.
The questions that should be answered in your resume include:
- How long did you work for a company present and past?
- What position did you hold and what was your job title?
- What did you do for that company that you feel was an achievement?
- What are the skills and experience that are relevant to the new role?
Photographs: If not specifically requested never include a photograph as you will be gambling with biases.
File Format: Always format your resume in PDF or Microsoft Word. Remember if they can’t pull up your resume then they will not contact you. Guaranteed they won’t let you know they can’t read it.
Length: Usually 2-3 pages will be sufficient if you are new to the market. A seasoned professional resume could be up to 4-6 pages. If you write more your resume fails to be concise and effective and some employers will reject it without even reading it.
Match: Your resume needs to demonstrate relevant experience from the job ad or job description that you are applying for or you will be rejected.
References: Always include “References Available Upon Request”. Never put your references name or information because some recruiters may try to contact them and solicit business. At Top People, we never do this.
You are the only one that can sell yourself and tell your story. If you spend 10 minutes to write a resume it will be obvious. Your resume is about you and you will get out of it what you put into it. This is the first thing a recruiter, hiring manager, human resource person and any other relevant decision makers will view and determine if they want to talk with you.