When you’re applying for a job, the most important element of the process is the resume you send into while applying for the vacancy. Your resume is, in essence, the first impression you’re ever going to make with the business and will be the make or break as to whether you’ll make it through to the next stage of the hiring procedure.
With this in mind, it’s important you take the time to craft the optimal resume that maximizes your success rates. In order to do this, you need to know what you need to include and how you should be presenting yourself. Today, we’re going to explore seven considerations to help you do just that.
1. New Job, New Resume:
Hiring managers know what they’re looking for in a resume, and an experienced HR manager will be able to instantly tell a generic resume that’s been sent to multiple vacancies and will discard it immediately.
Every time you’re applying for a new role or vacancy, it’s important you take the time to write a new resume. This way, you can craft the resume to suit the role you’re applying, allowing you to maximize your chances of securing an interview.
2. No Mistakes:
Perhaps one of the most important points to consider, if your resume includes typos, spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, you’re not going to be taken seriously, and you’ll have missed out on the opportunity. Make sure you’re proofreading before sending.
3. Be Concise. One Page Concise:
If you put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager, consider how many resumes you may have to sift through in order to choose who’s right for the role. With potential dozens of resumes coming in, a manager won’t have time to read through them all, especially if they’re multiple pages long.
Always try to keep your resume to a single A4 page. This way, you can precisely include all the information you need to include without the chance of the manager skimming through multiple pages and potentially missing something important that could cost you the callback.
4. Make Your Resume Easy to Read:
Whether you’re printing off your resume and physically sending it, or sending it digitally, make sure you’re choosing a font that’s easy to read. As a rule of thumb, never go below a 10-point font size. You can also use templates, such as the ones found at livecareer.com/resume-templatesin order to structure your resume professionally.
5. Always Send in PDF:
While you may write your resume in a Word document, you don’t want to decrease your chances of being seen because they can’t open your resume or read it properly on their computer systems.
PDF is a widely recognized and compatible format that will be guaranteed to be open on whatever software they’re using.
6. Don’t Have References:
Since you’re keeping your resume as short as possible, it’s important to that you don’t waste the space you have by including references. Simply adding a ‘references available upon request’ line at the bottom of your resume is more than enough.
7. Make It Your Own:
Your resume is an introduction about you, so there’s no reason why you should make it about you and show off who you really are. As long as you remain professional and keep a consistent tone of voice throughout, don’t be afraid to show the company who you are.
Writing a resume doesn’t have to be as challenging or as daunting as you may first think. Be sure to follow the rules above and read the job description before you start writing in order to maximize your chances of success.