Resume Writing Tips 2019
First impressions really do last and when it comes to applying for a job you make your first impression with your resume. That’s why it’s important to get it right the first time. Employers will pass you over for many reasons including; poor layout, incorrect spelling/grammar, too short/long etc. If your resume isn’t visually appealing at a glance then you may simply be discarded as an option. Seem harsh? Maybe, but the job market is highly competitive which means you need to stand out but not in a bad way. Read on for our Resume Writing Tips.
What to include in a resume – The must have’s:
First & Last Name
Address: Full address is optional, at least include your city and state/province
Phone number & Email address: Seems obvious right? Well apparently not for some. Too many times I have picked up the phone ready to call a candidate and low and behold no phone number. Make sure the phone number you use is active and that you use a professional email address i.e. “[email protected]” – Avoid “[email protected]”
Professional Summary: A short paragraph summarizing your skills and experience
Highlights: Eight to ten dot points outlining your most relevant skills and experience
Work Experience: Company name, Job Title, Date employed to/from and four to five dot points covering your main responsibilities (one sentence per dot point) that are most relevant to the position you are applying for
Volunteer experience: If applicable. If this isn’t applicable, I suggest going out and volunteering
Education: University/College Name, Course Name and Completion date. If you didn’t go to University the same applies with your secondary education information
Achievements/Awards: Award name and year received
References: Either include them or leave this section off altogether
Keep it simple and you should be able to fit all of this onto two pages, maximum. See Instructional Sample Resume below.
Resume Writing Tips – The nitty gritty:
Keywords: Recruiters use an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to filter out candidates that do not appear to have the relevant skills and experience they are looking for. This means that a person may not actually look at your application. Applicant Tracking systems scan resumes looking for keywords associated with the position therefore it is important to include these keywords. Look at the original job posting and use the same keywords used in the position description but do not keyword spam!
Profile Picture: It is unnecessary to include a profile picture on your resume unless of course, you are applying for an acting role. Instead, you could include a link to your LinkedIn profile for the employer to view.
Other things to keep in mind:
- Clean up your resume history by removing short term jobs and irrelevant experience to the position you are applying for
- Include some color to your resume but do not go overboard
Sample Resume: Functional resume for first timers
Now that your resume is complete you are ready to start looking and applying for work. Check out our Job hunting tips page.