With such a competitive job market in Australia it can be difficult to make your resume stand out enough to get you into the interviewing stages. Recruiters and employers simply don’t have the time to read every word of your extensive resume. You may be the perfect candidate for the role, but through the initial 6 second skimming of your resume, you really need to impress. So what are employers looking for? While there’s clearly not an exact answer, there are some things we suggest keeping in mind the next time you submit your resume.
Keywords – Many companies are using digital sources to search through applicants based on keywords related to the job. This means human eyes may not even be reading your resume. The keywords that you should include are typically nouns that are used within the job description. It’s vital to include these in your CV if you wish to get that call for an interview.
Concise – Skip the self praising, long winded paragraph in your cover letter – the employer is. Instead, try writing an experience summary that briefly lists your skills and key information related to the job.
Unique – With some positions getting hundreds of applications, a generic resume and cover letter definitely won’t make the cut. Your resume and cover letter need to be tailored to the role you are applying for.
Omit the non-essentials – When you start out in your career it’s sometimes necessary to include the limited work experience you may have, even if it’s not exactly relevant. However, now that you have gained experience in the industry, you can leave out the part time jobs you had in high school. Employers want to see the experience you have that pertains to the role you are applying for.
Be qualified – While you may have all of the experience you need to fulfill the job responsibilities outlined, sometimes employers are looking to hire someone with a specific degree, diploma or certification. If you’re lacking an official qualification simply because you don’t have the time or resources to go back to school you can use your work experience to obtain that qualification. There’s a wide range of qualifications you can receive through Registered Training Organisations, for a list of qualifications offered by Get Qualified, click here.
Easy on the eyes – The layout and presentation of your resume and cover letter can make or break your chances of getting an interview. Employers generally aren’t interested in reading anything in a fancy font or a font smaller than size 11.
Short and Sweet – Generally, employers and recruiters don’t want to look through more than a couple of pages. Include the relevant information tailored to the position and leave out the rest.
Don’t get too personal – You may be proud of your footy team championships, but unless that somehow relates to the role you’re applying for, take it out.
Me, myself, and I – There is no need to include pronouns in your resume. The entire document is about you, so including “I” or “me” or your name is redundant.
If you’re struggling with creating a strong resume, you can always seek out professional help or have a friend look over your resume to ensure you haven’t missed any errors. It’s also important to build strong professional relationships as nearly 80% of all hires are made through a referral. So take your time with each application you submit, and make the most of your networking opportunities.