The perfect resume:
Resume Tip 1: Spell Check and “Reality Check”
Before you submit your resume, make sure you give it a spell check using your word processing software. After you spell check it, have someone else give it a quick “reality check” to make sure that the spell checker didn’t miss anything and to make sure that you didn’t make a mistake that your computer can’t catch. It is important that you get a second set of eyes to look over the document that could be responsible for your next job.
Resume Tip 2: Not Too Long, But Not Too Short
How long should your resume be? This is always a tough call. Some experts believe a one page resume is the perfect length. We would disagree, unless you really have few skills and experiences to share. Go into enough detail to give an accurate view of your skills, but not so long that the reader falls asleep. You do not need to list every project you have ever worked on. Summarise, but be inclusive.
Resume Tip 3: Formatting Counts
Have 2 versions of your resume available. One to be viewed online, and one to be handed out at in-person interviews and job fairs. Fancy formatting with pretty fonts, lines, boxes and bullet points just does not make it through on most computers. Anything you send or submit online should have very basic formatting (spacing and paragraph breaks, for example).
Resume Tip 4: Keywords are Key
When an employer searches a database, they use keywords. In general, they expect the results to be representative of what they are searching for. This should mean a couple of things to the resume writer:
Include relevant keywords in your resume, because this is how you will be found.
Don’t stuff your resume with keywords that are not relevant of your experience. A list of keywords that do not represent your expertise should be avoided.
Resume Tip 5: Include the Basics
A technical resume should include the following information sections; a summary of your key skills, training and qualifications (that give “back up” to your skills).
Resume Tip 6: Have Multiple Versions
If you are in more than one role (or have skills that may fit more than one role) you should have multiple versions of your resume available that highlight those skills. For example, if you have years of experience as a software engineer, and also have project management expertise, have two resumes: one highlighting your software engineer experience and another highlighting your project management experience.
Resume Tip 7: Make Your Resume Viewable
Recruiters and hiring managers like to search and “source” for candidates. If your resume (or bio) is not someplace where an employer can find it, then they don’t know you exist. In addition to the regular job boards, consider posting your resume on personal web pages, as well as networking tools.
Interviews can be daunting and stressful. However, by being prepared you can turn this process into an enjoyable and positive experience. Preparation is the key. We have compiled a list of valuable tips and techniques you can adopt easily to ensure you make the best impression.
- Don’t be late.
- Dress to impress – Presentation is a key factor in making a statement about yourself. Dress appropriately to the position you are being interviewed for. Don’t wear a fashion statement, Simplicity is the key. Do not smoke just prior to an interview and don’t chew gum.
- Body Language – Body language is as important as verbal communication. Ensure you don’t close yourself off. Do not cross your arms or swing back on your chair. Sit up straight, maintain good eye contact (without staring) and use a note book to take brief notes.
- Listen Carefully – Address the questions asked during the interview and remember to be clear and concise in your answers. Where possible use relevant examples in your answer. Elaborate on your response and avoid ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers.
- Professional yet personable – Be professional in your answers, but don’t be afraid to let your personality shine.
- Take a positive approach – Remember to be positive in your approach. Don’t put down or discredit your previous employers, be diplomatic and positive.
- Ask Questions – Do not ask questions just for the sake asking questions. Do your homework on the role and write down questions that will better help your understanding of the role. Remember not to ask any questions that may have already been covered during the interview. Do not talk about money until the end of the interview.
- Practice makes perfect – Practice on family or friends to ensure that you are fluent and confident in your interview.