How to make your resume stand out from the crowd!

06 Feb

Thinking of applying for a new position? Read these resume tips to learn how to maximize your chances for securing an interview. 

Thinking of applying for a new position? Read these resume tips to learn how to maximize your chances for securing an interview. 

Keep it simple

Your résumé should be brief, highly relevant to the position with lots of white ‘space’. Make sure the font is comfortable to read.   

Use objective language

Do not use first person context in your résumé. It should give the impression of being objective which means writing it without using such words as I, me or my.   

Leave out your personal information

You should never include information on your marital status, religion, number of children, racial background, gender or sexual preference unless it relates directly to the position you are applying.   

Tailor your resume for each position

Perfecting your résumé and tailoring it for each position is a critical aspect of the job seeking process. Your résumé is your brochure and it needs to reflect who you are and what you can offer an organisation.     

List your experience in reverse

Your résumé should be in reverse chronological order, meaning you should put your last job or the job you are presently in, first and the oldest one, last.

Include relevant work experience

Make sure you include work experience that relates to the position you are seeking. If you have gaps in your résumé, exclude dates except for the last position in which you can put in your start date.

Include relevant education

Include education that is relevant only to the position you seek. If you are applying for a professional position you may wish to include a graduate degree, even if it doesn’t relate to the position you are applying, as it demonstrates that you can commit to learning and will also have well developed critical thinking skills.   

Use keywords

Employers look for key words in résumés and letters when scanning for potential employees. Because résumés are largely used to eliminate unsuitable applicants, you must pay attention to the language the employer uses in their job advertisements and on their websites and advertising paraphernalia, and if possible repeating these back to them in your résumé and covering letters.  Watch for key words and phrases and integrate them into the way you describe your skills.     

Find out more 

For more information on how to create a fantastic resume along with other essential employment tips, take our Getting Job Ready course to help secure your next dream job.