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Eight simple resume tips to make you stand out

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Chris Morrison
Written on the 7 December 2022

One of the most gruelling tasks when finding a new job is writing up a resume, but more importantly, how do you write a resume that can stand out and increase your chances of landing that interview among fellow applicants vying for the same job?

A recent 2022 survey found on average only 10% of job applications result in interview invites. Our resume tips will help you receive that elusive callback.

So, whether you’re a seasoned professional or just starting out in your career, here are our great tips for writing your resume:

Research other resumes

  • If you haven’t updated your resume for a while do some research to find out what template, format, or style suits the industry you work in. For example, a sales-based job may work under a format where you list the main responsibilities under your work experience, but you can also have a second section under each role and list your main achievements or the main sales targets achieved.

Expectation vs Reality in the one size fits all scenario

  • Expectation: having one resume to apply for all the jobs that you are interested in.
  • Reality: you need more than one version of your resume.
  • Why? Different companies, different jobs have certain requirements, so you need to customise your resume to that company or job (focus on the requirements listed in the job advertisement). For example, one company may want someone who has worked in teams and can work in a hybrid environment, while another company wants someone to be independent and work remotely. You need to show this and cater to each company’s needs.

Be consistent, remain consistent

  • You need to have one format and stick to it. If you list your work experience with your job title first and then company name followed by dates spent in this role, then this format needs to remain throughout your resume. Also make sure your resume is consistent with your LinkedIn profile – recruiters do look at both!

Make it short and sweet

  • Resumes need to highlight your main skills and experience, no one wants to read an essay of every task or achievement.

Grammar

  • You would be surprised how many grammar mistakes filter through the final version of your resume. Ensure you capture every grammar or spelling mistake. Using the spelling and grammar feature in Microsoft Word is a good place to start.

Review

  • Sometimes two heads are better than one and for this instance, it is always good to have a friend, or a colleague review your resume to see if it best represents you or what you are missing.

Ask for feedback:

  • It never hurts to ask for feedback, whether it’s from a friend, colleague, recruiter, or an employer. This can always improve your chances for the next job you apply for.

Keep it updated

  • Don’t set and forget. It’s important to always keep your resume updated, especially when your current role evolves. This makes life easier when you eventually need a resume to apply for a new job.

If you need support with your resume or would like to learn more about the candidate pool within your industry with our market insights, book in for a chat or give us a call on 02 8000 7120. We also have a great article on updating your LinkedIn profile.

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Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison is the founder and Director of Meritos, an executive search and recruitment business working with purpose-driven organisations. If you're interested in connecting with Chris, you can find him on LinkedIn here. You can also reach him on 02 8000 7121 or via email at [email protected]
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