Want to perfect your resume before applying for that position?
When applying it is important you cover the following to ensure your resume grabs the attention of employers.
1. Lets start with the basics!
In every resume there should be the following basics: Name and contact details including your residential address, best contact number to reach you on and your email address. Aim for this section to be placed at the very top and stand out from the rest of your resume.
Before sending your email out to, ensure that you have an appropriate and professional-sounding address, for example firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any other basic important information about yourself should be covered in this part of your resume such as any relevant visas or citizen ships and working rights.
2. Think about the layout of your resume.
The layout of your resume is important to make you stand out from other applicants. Be careful with using templates available online as you run the risk of having a similar resume as your competition. We have provided templates in "Resume Templates" to get ideas of how you can set your resume up.
Ensure you use appropriate, easy to read font style and size (Times New Roman and Arial and size 12 font are always favourites) and keep it consistent throughout your whole resume.
A resume that is longer then 5 pages is too long! Employers are generally only interested in the last three years of employment as a general rule. Use bullet points where necessary. Paragraphs of information will not be read effectively.
3. Include a Career Overview or Profile.
A Career Overview or Profile is a brief statement telling the Employer/Recruiter who you are. You can include information such as what positions you have been in, what achievements you have made and what you are looking for in a new position/company.
4. Think about the layout of your experience.
Place your most recent experience first followed by the rest of your relevant experience. The information given here should be detailed, honest and straight to the point. Cover tasks and responsibilities that you had in these roles, ensuring they are relevant to the position you are applying for.
5. Make sure your resume is relevant to the job you are applying for.
High percentages of candidates tend to write generic resumes and use the same generic resume for different vacancies. Best practice is to tailor your resume to the advertised job. Make it easy for the reader to find the required skills and experience quickly.
6. Do your research!
Before applying for a position, it is important you research the position and the company. Make sure to highlight specific skills you have that will assist in completing specific tasks involved.
7. Use real life experiences.
Use real life experiences to highlight your skill suitability to the vacancy. This will allow the Employer/Recruiter to point out your strengths and qualities based on your hands on experience. Employers generally look for a mix of qualifications and experience.
8. Show yourself.
Don’t be afraid to include your character in the resume. Making it interesting to read will set the right impression. This helps to make your resume stand out amongst all the other applicants.
9. Double-check the required format.
Use the right format that the employer asks for such as .doc, pdf, docx, to ensure that the employer receives your application with out any problems. Sending a resume embedded in an email or on a basic Text format does not set the right expectations. Presentation is key.
10. Proof read!
Proof read your resume at least 3 times. It can be useful to send your resume to a friend to double check for basic errors.