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  string(3926) "There is no better feeling than meeting a candidate, connecting them with the relevant Consultant to secure their dream job and then hearing of them going from strength to strength in their new organisation.

Having worked in Recruitment for over 8 years, I have seen a fair amount of resumes in my time! I have witnessed so many good candidates being overlooked due to the fact their resume dramatically undersells their skills and achievements.

In order to help as many people as possible, I have listed what I believe are the most important resume tips:

Please do:

1. Remember that your resume is an example of the work you will produce in the workplace. To start, choose a clean and simple font. Arial is good – size 10-12 is good. In addition, make the layout consistent and easy on the eye. The reader will spend longer looking at your resume if it looks good and is in chronological order.

2. Make sure your resume is in bullet point format, break up any paragraphs and use short, sharp sentences. Get to the point quickly – you literally have moments to catch a reader’s eye with key words and achievements.

3. Tailor your resume. Don’t try and fill the page with information that is not targeted to the role for which you are applying. Take time to match it to the requirements of the position. I always tell candidates to have at least 3 resumes, focusing on different skill set areas. This enables you to target your job search and to be as relevant as possible.

4. Spell check! There is nothing worse than receiving a resume that hasn’t been spell checked. It is sloppy and indicates a great deal about you as a potential employee, in terms of lack of attention to detail and inability to complete a task.

5. Be honest – about dates, last employers, referees and salary. Recruiters have a large network out there and we complete references on every candidate we meet.  In addition, make sure your LinkedIn profile matches your resume – we have caught out some candidates in a rather large way, just from looking them up online.

Please don’t:

6. Use Comic Sans – It’s not professional. I don’t even know why that font was created. Make it consistent, and easy to read.

7. Include photos, please! As entertaining as it is and as impressive as your last model shots may be, it’s not professional.

8. Embellish – Please don’t inflate your skill set. It is not useful to you, the recruiter or your potential employer.  It is in everyone’s best interest that you are put into a role that will utilise your current skills whilst building new skills.

9. Include hobbies – We know you socialise on the weekends, everybody does! If you feel it is relevant to the role then please put it in. For example, volunteer working when applying to NFPs or charities.

10. Submit a resume with is more than 4 pages, thanks! We review over 200 resumes a day on average and really appreciate the ‘short and sweet and to the point’ approach.

I hope these tips have provided some food for thought. Now edit away, and make your resume shine!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide"
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There is no better feeling than meeting a candidate, connecting them with the relevant Consultant to secure their dream job and then hearing of them going from strength to strength in their new organisation.

Having worked in Recruitment for over 8 years, I have seen a fair amount of resumes in my time! I have witnessed so many good candidates being overlooked due to the fact their resume dramatically undersells their skills and achievements.

In order to help as many people as possible, I have listed what I believe are the most important resume tips:

Please do:

1. Remember that your resume is an example of the work you will produce in the workplace. To start, choose a clean and simple font. Arial is good – size 10-12 is good. In addition, make the layout consistent and easy on the eye. The reader will spend longer looking at your resume if it looks good and is in chronological order.

2. Make sure your resume is in bullet point format, break up any paragraphs and use short, sharp sentences. Get to the point quickly – you literally have moments to catch a reader’s eye with key words and achievements.

3. Tailor your resume. Don’t try and fill the page with information that is not targeted to the role for which you are applying. Take time to match it to the requirements of the position. I always tell candidates to have at least 3 resumes, focusing on different skill set areas. This enables you to target your job search and to be as relevant as possible.

4. Spell check! There is nothing worse than receiving a resume that hasn’t been spell checked. It is sloppy and indicates a great deal about you as a potential employee, in terms of lack of attention to detail and inability to complete a task.

5. Be honest – about dates, last employers, referees and salary. Recruiters have a large network out there and we complete references on every candidate we meet.  In addition, make sure your LinkedIn profile matches your resume – we have caught out some candidates in a rather large way, just from looking them up online.

Please don’t:

6. Use Comic Sans – It’s not professional. I don’t even know why that font was created. Make it consistent, and easy to read.

7. Include photos, please! As entertaining as it is and as impressive as your last model shots may be, it’s not professional.

8. Embellish – Please don’t inflate your skill set. It is not useful to you, the recruiter or your potential employer.  It is in everyone’s best interest that you are put into a role that will utilise your current skills whilst building new skills.

9. Include hobbies – We know you socialise on the weekends, everybody does! If you feel it is relevant to the role then please put it in. For example, volunteer working when applying to NFPs or charities.

10. Submit a resume with is more than 4 pages, thanks! We review over 200 resumes a day on average and really appreciate the ‘short and sweet and to the point’ approach.

I hope these tips have provided some food for thought. Now edit away, and make your resume shine!

 

Cox Purtell Recruitment Agency Blog / Sydney / Melbourne / Adelaide

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