USE THE CORRECT FONT SIZE
that it looks like a primary school assignment.
USE LOGICAL HEADING SIZES & SPACING
UPDATE IT EVERY FEW YEARS
Not SO small that it's difficult to read... Not SO big
OBEY CURRENT STYLE RULES
No underlining, shading or headings in boxes,
and not too many UPPER CAPS
The 'look' of documents changes with time
and you don't want it to appear dated.
Create an attractive résumé
it makes your document difficult to read.
USE A MODERN FONT
job opening attracts
1 in 5 Recruiters
will REJECT a candidate before they've
even finished reading
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No Arial, Garamond or Times New Roman.
Choose Calibri, Corbel or Tahoma.
If your spacing and heading sizes are illogical,
Focus on Page 1 & the Role
8-12 elements that an EXCELLENT incumbent in the role would have
that you have PERSUASIVELY sold each element on Page 1
each line of Page 1 for its STRENGTH. If it's not a 'wow' line, remove it
Aim for 8-10 strong Achievement Statements
Don't cheat with layout & spacing.
Remember...'less is more'.
e.g. qualifications, experience, skills & attributes
at least half of Page 1 for ACHIEVEMENTS. They are more persuasive
The average time
looking at a résumé is
Craft Strong Achievements
FOLLOW THE PATTERN
LIST SPECIFIC AREAS WHERE YOU ADDED VALUE
What KPI's were you measured against?
The easiest Achievement pattern is: action plus result
QUANTIFY WHERE POSSIBLE
Numbers add credibility to your résumé, e.g. $, %
WRITE ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PAST TENSE
Each statement should begin with a verb e.g. created
KEEP ACHIEVEMENTS TO TWO LINES
Move the reader through your content at a good pace
Analyse your role,
then paint a precise picture
of the value you have added.
Obey the conventions
Write the content without the personal pronoun, but don't write in the third person.
Eliminate the words 'I' or 'my'
Consider the length carefully
As a general rule of thumb, It should sit comfortably between 3-4 pages (in Australia).
Select a reverse chronological format
Start with your most recent role then work backwards. Or, if earlier roles are more relevant, a hybrid résumé may be required.
Focus on recent jobs
The further back in time you go, the fewer details you should provide. Early jobs can be limited to core responsibilities.
Meet expectations of your market place
Make sure you understand the latest trends in your industry and technical field, and clearly include relevant content.
Update your résumé once a year to
A strong persuasive résumé adds to your confidence
& increases your conversion rate, so you need to apply for fewer roles .
detail recent achievements.
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