How to make your resume stand out!

Written by Melissa Khouri – Consultant, Sydney

As a specialist recruiter for entry level to intermediate HR professionals, I would like to uncover what are the most important areas to consider when creating your resume. Remember the world of recruitment has changed, your resume is now your sales pitch and it is important to have your document looking the best it can to give you the best opportunity to secure an interview and land your dream job.

Here is a simple list to help make your resume stand out.

Personal branding – What makes you stand out from other applicants; this may also be referred to as your list of achievements. Make sure you do not just have a list of job responsibilities, instead display how your skills and experience made a positive impact to the company you have worked for. Did you save the organisation money? Did you improve or streamline a process? Highlight your achievements.

There is always room for improvement – Always proofread your resume to ensure you have made appropriate spelling and grammar checks. Spelling and grammar mistakes can be a rookie error or a poorly written resume can reflect upon your communication skills and attention to detail. Make sure you ask a friend or colleague to proofread your resume.

Always be honest in your resume, don’t lie Make sure the information you provide is accurate and your employment history and dates of employment are correct.

Don’t include outdated skills – This includes outdated computer knowledge as well. Make sure you only include experience and accomplishments that are relevant to your career goals and the role you are applying for.

If you are still in the process of completing your tertiary qualifications or have recently graduated you should list your qualifications before your experience. On the other hand; if you have excellent working experience relevant to the role you are applying for, make sure this is easily seen from the first page of your application. Think about the criteria for the role and make sure the employer can see as much of the experience, skills and education requirements as possible in your resume as it is possible they will be scanning through hundreds of other applications.

How has resume writing changed?

Have you created your LinkedIn profile? – According to the Social Recruiting Survey published by Jobvite  94% of recruiters use or plan to begin using social networks/social media for recruiting, 78% of recruiters have hired through a social network – 92% of those through LinkedIn.

Keywords – Employers and recruitment companies are increasingly using social media and more advanced databases to source talent including the use of Boolean searches to locate top talent. What types of words are relevant for the role you are applying for?

If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be on your way to a more professional and concise resume. How far you choose to go with your creativity is up to you, and what will or will not be appropriate depends largely on the types of jobs that you may be applying for.

Does your resume stand out?

2 Comments on this post

  1. Great tips Melissa, thanks for sharing.

    Kristina Still / Reply
  2. Great tips indeed Melissa. Thanks for sharing these points, real helpful indeed.

    Shola Ogan / Reply

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