1. Tailor your resume to each position you apply for.
Make sure you thoroughly read the job advertisement and position description and ask questions if you need to. Think about what the company is looking for and what the role entails and put emphasis on your relevant skills and experience. Put these up front.
2. Use keywords.
Many larges companies and government agencies will use a keyword filter to narrow down applications. This means that you may be eliminated from the selection process even before your resume is sighted by a human. When you read through the job description and advertisement, use a highlighter to mark the keywords/attributes used. You then need to use these keywords throughout your CV and job application. For example, if they are looking for a ‘proactive team leader with outstanding project management skills’, make sure you include the words ‘proactive’, ‘team leader’, and ‘project management’ in your application.
3. Cut out at least 30% of your resume.
The employer does not need to know everything about you. You need to really think about what is relevant to the role and the industry and what shows you in a positive light. This may mean getting a little creative and rearranging your resume and cutting some parts out. Of course, this gets easier as you get older and accumulate more experience.
If you would like assistance in creating and tailoring your resume, please contact Keryn on 0424 158 070.