How to Master the Art of Writing a Great Resume

8.10.2020

The first step to getting any job is to get your resume to the top of the pile, but how do you go about creating a great resume? And with so much advice out there, how do you also know what and what not to do to make it stand out from the competition?

The reality is that resumes will change from jobseeker to jobseeker, and from application to application. There are, however, a few things that will always ring true if you’re looking to improve the look and feel of your resume and show your true value to a recruiter or employer.

Determine the appropriate length

Resume length grows with the amount of experience required. For example, If you are applying for a senior role that asks for 5+ years’ experience a two page resume is fine. However, for an entry level position that requires less experience a one page resume would be the recommendation.

What we would suggest when it comes to writing your resume is to communicate your most important and relevant experience as briefly but accurately as possible. Recruiters and employers only have a few moments to decide whether or not you are a good fit for the role and would much rather read two well-organised pages full of extremely relevant information than one page that’s difficult to read and crammed with content.

Focus on the top of your resume

When we read content whether it’s on our phone or in an email most of us just glance at the first few lines, right? Same with recruiters and employers. So, make sure the top of your resume is eye-catching and makes them want to read more, you can achieve this by adding a summary or clever headline.

You could also include a skills section, usually placed below the summary statement. A skills section should be a short, curated list of attributes that can be easily measured or demonstrated and are truly rare or in-demand within your field.

Tailor it for every job

Sending out one generic resume for all the positions you apply for, will not win you that dream role. What you need to master is the skill of tailoring your resume to each specific job by extracting key words and attributes from the job description and including these.

The changes don’t need to be dramatic. But, taking the time to comb through your document and finetune it can make all of the difference with your application. If there are certain keywords that pop up on the job advert, such as leadership or organisation make sure you emphasis these in different places in your resume.

Include specific Accomplishments

Makes sure you take your time when writing the summary of your previous jobs. Really think back to previous roles and include key projects, specific training, awards or any other accomplishments that will help you stand out from the competition and show your true value.

Quantifiable accomplishments are especially impressive, so include numbers where you can. Whether you increased sales by 54% in six months or you managed a team of 10 sales consultants, those numerical details add extra impact to your resume.

Proof read, proof read, proof read!

You don’t want your resume to stand out for the wrong reasons, such as errors, typos, and inaccurate information.  So, thorough proofreading of your resume is crucial before you submit your resume for a job.

Ensure you:

  • Use easy-to-read fonts
  • Make all hyperlinks live
  • Double-check spelling, grammar
  • Watch for spacing issues
  • Save as a PDF to prevent formatting issues

What to leave off

  • Detailing any positions beyond the 20-year mark could clutter your resume and likely won’t impress anyway, because they are usually your most junior roles.
  • Save references until they’re requested. There’s no need to include them on your resume
  • Unless your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook accounts are directly relevant to the role you’re applying for, leave them off.

Looking for help writing your resume? Get in touch with a member of the team today. please call 02 8086 3444 or contact us and a consultant will be in touch to discuss further.