26 Jun Resume Writing and how to Perfect your Job Chances
At Monica Clare Recruitment we know what it takes to make an impression when it comes to your resume. We want to share some of our insider knowledge for those seeking new employment. And let’s be honest, any edge you can get is a good thing!
Resumes play a critical role in whether an employer is interested in finding out more about you and your valuable skills or not. In fact, if the resume hasn’t impressed them on the first page, they stop reading then and there.
As recruiters, we see hundreds of resumes every week. The resumes that stand out are those that address the selection criteria for the job they are applying for. You want to make it easy for people to want to hire you!
There are those candidates that provide a reasonable cover letter, but many employers read the resume first. Some may only read the cover letter after the resume has captured their interest.
So, if the resume doesn’t meet the criteria, they won’t read the covering letter.
The resume should meet the criteria listed in a ‘Position Description’ (a handy thing to ask for) or at a minimum the criteria listed in the job ad you are responding to. Never copy and paste the details – the recruitment agent or employer will notice it straight away.
Our Guide to the Perfect Resume
Here is our helpful guide that will assist you in creating a ‘to the point’ and action-grabbing resume.
- Include your personal details, mobile, email and suburb.
- Don’t include any information which could result in discrimination, such as your date of birth, age, marital status, religion, etc.
Provide an overview that highlights your most valuable skills and experience.
Always write this in the first person.
Qualifications / Training
Which institution did you receive the qualification or training? E.g. TAFE NSW
What was the qualification? E.g. Diploma in Construction Management
When did you graduate or finish the training? If you are still studying, note that done. If it is a qualification that you had started, but did not finish, do not include in your CV.
List in dot points the relevant skills and abilities you have obtained in your career.
Your work experience should be listed in chronological order, with the most recent at the top.
- Include the month and year, company and position in the title.
List your key responsibilities for each role that you’ve had;
- Order of responsibilities should be according to the sequence of events, e.g.;
- For a role where you are performing regular tasks, list daily, weekly, monthly and annual tasks.
- For project roles, list the responsibilities from start to finish of the project. This shows your role throughout the project, whether it is from design phase through to handover.
List Achievements including any accomplishments, key results and/or wins within your role.
List Projects you have worked on under each role.
- Include name, type, location and value, e.g. Broadmeadow Aged Care Project – refurbishment of independent living units, extension of dementia ward, new commercial kitchen and external works – $30M.
Provide a list of 2-3 referees. These people should be those you have reported to in previous roles, within the last five years.
Referee details should include their name, mobile number, current role and the role and company where you worked with them.
For example: John Smith – Director – Spectacular Resumes (Previously Supervisor at Resumes R Us)
If a recruiter or prospective employer asks if they can call your referees, always call them first yourself. This gives them notice that they will hear from the person taking the reference. Make sure you let them know about the type of job role you have applied for, so they can answer questions correctly.
This demonstrates good communication and consideration for all parties.
- Keep the resume to three pages at most. No one wants to read a journal.
- List tasks in bullet points, not paragraphs.
- Always write briefly, be concise.
- Do not include why you left each employer, as this may highlight the negative. This can be discussed with the recruitment agent or during your interview with an employer.
- If you have any key information that you know will make a difference in whether the prospective employer is interested in hiring you, add it into the projects or achievements section of your resume.
Our Team go through thousands of resumes each year. This allows us to decipher who the ‘stand out’ recruits are, as opposed to those who fall short.
Using the above tips, send through your resume and one of our consultants will be in touch if there are any suitable roles that suit your skills.
Don’t have a current resume? Use our Downloadable Template