We are featured in the latest issue of Peninsula Living Magazine. We would like to support those that have become unemployed due to covid by providing resume and interview advice. We thought we would share some useful tips to use when updating your CV, we hope you find them helpful.
As Recruitment consultants we are often asked ‘’how long it take to read a person’s resume” and “do we have any tips” for making a good resume.
Make sure the first page is like the cover of a book, it needs to entice people to turn the page. Remember that most recruiters take 8-10 seconds glancing over a resume, so all questions need to be answered on the first page. Make sure you start with a short note or Profile, if you prefer letting the reader know about you, where you have come from, where you’re at now and what you’re looking for, soft transferable skills, WP skills and your employment timeline.
1) Don’t be tempted to use images or fancy software.
2) Optimise your resume with keywords used in the job’s advertisement.
3) Customise your resume to the job description.
4) Unprofessional email address. Miss_HottyHotPants@hotmail.com seemed fun at the time, right?
5) Irrelevant or outdated information, every word needs to help you get that job.
6) Show achievements, quantify outcomes you created, describe projects you delivered.
7) It doesn’t matter how many pages as long as the first page answers most of the hiring managers questions. Subsequent pages should give lots of depth to each role you have had, be easy to read and clear about your duties with these organisations.
8) Stick to simple bullet points – not too many though, and not big chunks of text.
9) Don’t underestimate the power of a covering letter. Address it to the Recruiter/Manager, appeal to them directly and personally again using key words from the job ad.
10) List any achievements i.e. made budget each quarter for so many years etc.
11) List the contact details of your referees at the end.
Take advantage of all the templates that are available online, most of them are free you just need to download them and enter your details.
You’re in control of your future career prospects. Your Resume should be 90% there and 10% should be the slight adjustment you need to make for each individual job you apply for.
Let’s hope you make good use of these tips!