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Resume writing tips

Your resume is one the most important keys to opening the job search doors.

Make sure your resume stands out from the crowd. Follow our tips for success.

If you’re new to the job market or haven’t updated your resume in some time, getting started can be tough. How to choose the experience and accomplishments for the role you have your eye on? Are there any new resume rules or trends to consider? And of course … One page or two?

Read on for resume advice and tricks that can help you land that dream job.

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Step 1. Get the basics right

Make sure your resume is current and shows you in the best possible light. Be diligent. Check for relevant skills and achievements you might have missed. This could be the deciding factor in getting the interview – and the job.

Some suggested headings for your resume could include:

  • Personal statement

  • Contact information

  • Relevant skills

  • Work history and/or experience

  • Education and qualifications

  • Achievements

  • Hobbies and interests

  • References

Step 2. Make the presentation work

First impressions count big. The “look” of your resume can be just as important as how you present yourself. Bad formatting with unnecessary borders and boxes along with crowded text is distracting and unappealing. Keep your resume simple and neat – and less than two pages in length.

Step 3. Fine-tune your resume

Look at your resume carefully and critically. What does it say about the experience and skills you offer for this position? Be sure to customize your resume so it aligns with the position you’re seeking, using the company’s job description and information as a guide. This will enable you to respond directly to your prospective employer’s specific needs and demonstrate why you are the right candidate for the job.

Step 4. Show a clear path and reasons for leaving

Always start with your most recent role, then work backwards chronologically. This will ensure employers doesn’t mistake your experience level with an older, more junior role.

Reflect on the reasons for leaving your current position positively. Regardless of the circumstances, negative comments on a past position can show you in a bad light. If you’re a contractor, use this opportunity to detail your contract duration.

Step 5. Summarize your skills

A “Key Skills” sidebar can be a fast and dramatic way to show your qualifications. Place it prominently near the top to demonstrate your most relevant industry experience.

Top tip: Keep everything to the point and be prepared to back up claims with examples.

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