When you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be hard to know where to start. What experiences and accomplishments should you include for the jobs you’ve got your eye on? What new resume rules and trends should you be following? How many pages should it be?
Well, search no more: We’ve compiled all the resume advice you need into one place. Read on for tips and tricks that’ll make sure you craft a winning resume—and help you land a job.
#1 Keep it relevant
Think of your resume as a marketing flyer selling you as the perfect person for the job. For each job that you apply for, you want to highlight your key accomplishments that are relative to that position.
#2 Ditch the cover letter
This includes an objective statement. You want to put the best stuff on the first page. You want the recruiter and employer to see your best experience and accomplishments on the top third of the page.
#3 Keep it succinct
Your resume should be maximum 2 pages. You want the information to be as concise as possible. Trying to keep it to one page is a good way to force yourself to do this. If you truly have enough relevant and important experience, training, and credentials to showcase on more than one page of your resume, then go for it. Otherwise keep it short and sweet.
#4 Formatting, spelling and grammar
You might be thinking, ‘duh!’ but you’d be amazed at the amount of CVs we see with inconsistent font, captilisation of sentences and line spacing. Take care in how you present your resume. Spelling and grammar mistakes on your resume immediately tells the reader that you’re sloppy and careless. It’s a sure fire way not to get an interview.
#5 Bullet points are key
No matter how long you’ve been in a job, or how much you’ve accomplished there, you shouldn’t have more than five or six bullets in a given section. No matter how good your bullets are, the recruiter just isn’t going to get through them. (the muse)
#7 Cut the fluff
Vague terms like, ‘team player’ and ‘hard worker’ have no substance. Think about more impactful ways to describe yourself and your achievements, e.g. actively contributed to the success of XYZ campaign which attributed a 5% lift in profits for that quarter.