When writing a resume, it’s important to include all your relevant skills and experience, but it’s also important to write one well enough to get you an interview.
A well written resume will include elements like headings, relevant content, and an appropriate template.
To help, founder of public relations agency Adoni Media and journalist Leisa Goddard has listed some key points to remember.
First, make sure you choose a template which is neat, professional, visually appealing and easy to read. If you have a messy and difficult to read layout, it’s likely a potential future employer will not progress your application further.
Some key points to remember include:
- Keep it simple: Don’t try to overcomplicate your resume template – keep it simple and easy to read. Use appropriate headings and bullet points if necessary.
- Keep it short: A resume should be 2-4 pages in length – any longer and you’ll likely bore the reader with too much information. Only include your work experience relevant to the role you’re applying for.
- Allocate appropriate space: Try to leave more room for your most recent and most relevant roles. For past roles, or for those which may seem less relevant, simply leave less space and include a short overview.
It’s likely some larger companies will use recruiting management software when sorting applicants, so make sure you use appropriate keywords to stand out from the rest.
The best way to approach this is by matching your qualifications to the job and including appropriate keywords and skills.
For example, if the job outline lists ‘teamwork’ as a requirement, make sure you include this word in your resume.
Lastly, always proofread. Ensure you thoroughly edit your resume before sending it off. This includes everything from grammar and punctuation to style and layout.
It can also be helpful to ask a friend or family member to read over your resume in case there’s anything you might have missed.