A bit confused about what you should put on your resume? Here are some tips on what to add or omit when you’re creating your next application.
The fashion of resumes is forever evolving. One year it might be providing a biographical snapshot of who you are and how you can contribute to your future employer. The next year, the style might be stripped back with a zoomed in view, focusing on your training, education and certificates. As aesthetics change, tailoring your resume to match the latest trends can benefit the readability of your resume, therefore, help you stay in the race. Here are a few tips on keeping your resume fresh and on trend:
- If you’re University educated and did not attend a speciality school or receive exceptional scores, remove your high school education and experience. Your future employers are unlikely to find your attendance to Willetton Senior High School and how you ran the social club overtly relevant to what you have to offer the company.
- Ditch the hobbies. Your future employer might be keen to discuss your love of cricket and socialising but these topics should be saved for your interview or when you’re getting to know your new colleagues. Your resume is about precision and showcasing what you have to offer, so stick to a strictly professional approach.
- Remove the headshot and gender section of your about me, even if you think that putting your gender or picture will be beneficial to your application. Gender and racial bias is a huge issue, adding this information to your profile because you think it will get you ahead isn’t a responsible move. This is a standard view in the recruitment process, so adding this information is an outdated addition to your application.
- Career objectives, summary or profile? The opening statement of your resume says a lot about who you are and what your resume is trying to say. All three of these headings will achieve different things and deciding which one suits the position you’re applying for is imperative to the success of your application.
- A slick layout. Is your education or work experience more important to the position? Placing your headings in order of importance means you’ll engage the reader quicker.
- Relevant work experience vs. chronological order. There is more than one way to present your work experience, but we highly recommend putting your experience in chronological order. Recruiters know what you’re trying to do when you put your most ‘relevant’ position first and in our experience, it doesn’t work in your favour.
- Dot points are easier to read. Avoid placing large chunks of text in your resume. Recruiters don’t have much time to mull over your resume so make it as easy to read as possible.
Follow these tips to update your resume ensuring that they are getting the right type of attention.
If you would rather not have to consider all of the ins and outs of getting your resume right, leave it with us. Send us a copy of your latest resume to maydaywriting@and we’ll get back to you with a quote.
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