In some of our previous posts we moan some of the generic Resumes / CV’s we receive.
Whilst there are suggestions about what should be on your Resume here are some further tips that may help you!
Tips When Preparing Your Resume
The first tip relates to the ‘Personal Statement’ that we talk about in the LinkedIn Pulse article I HATE PERSONAL STATEMENTS!
We talk about how Personal Statements should go up in flames – why?
There is nothing worse than a load of words that are generalised, trivial cotton wool that isn’t related to the actual position or any kind of role that you are applying for.
If we see another;
I am a flexible, motivated individual who has great attention to detail sometimes with ‘detail’ spelt incorrectly then an explosion will ensue!
We often hear this;
But I have been told I need a “Profile” on my Resume that I produced in conjunction with a professional coach / outplacement agency who said I needed to explain who I was via this profile
NOOOOOO! I’m here to tell you it doesn’t work!
“But you designed it to tell people who you were and it was there to highlight some of your key skills.”
THIS IS WHAT YOUR RESUME IS THERE FOR……
In our experience 50% of our readership don’t mind a Personal Statement
50% dislike or in many cases hate it!
Great so you are prepared to flip a coin with your career!
Heads — they think I’m OK.
Tails — I’m in the “NO” pile of paperwork
Greatttt, you’ve applied for 10 jobs in the past 3 months.
Now you know why 5 never called you for interview.
Also please note I don’t think I have ever had a client ever say oh Mike I wish the candidate had told me a bit more about some of their generalised attributes and why they were an all-round good person!
Your resume is there to tell me your story – it should provide an insight into;
- who you are
- what you have achieved and
- why you are the aspirin a client needs to take to make their horrible treasury headache disappear
OK is there an alternative?
GOOD NEWS there is!
A Resume Summary!
It should inspire clients and tell them why it’s worth reading your resume and provides an introduction to the relevant areas within your resume where you are a solution to their problems.
Here’s a revolutionary idea why not;
Emphasize in your RESUME SUMMARY the relevant aspects of your experience that you can bring to bear and how you will address their current problems and issues as identified / listed in the job description.
What about the rest of the resume?
Your resume is your passport to attaining an initial interview.
Make it say to the reader ‘Yes, it’s worth this person talking to me about this role’.
Once you are invited for interview it then acts as an introduction to you and what you have achieved.
Your interviewer will use your resume as their tool to guide and direct them in the interview itself.
It provides ‘hooks’ as to why you are a match to a position and as they interview you they will be using as a guide to match you to the role they are recruiting.
Resume – Do’s
- Keep it simple
- Keep it straight to the point
- Make sure you are applying for the job that you want, i.e. we have recently been recruiting a position ourselves, and a lot of people have just sent us their CV, and we don’t believe they actually want the job with us; they just wanted any job, so we were concerned about their motivation
- Clearly, your name and address; contact details – make sure they’re appropriate no stupid email addresses
- Your educational background and dates
- Your employment history in reverse order
- Some of the IT or relevant treasury systems you have used
- Interests section – I like having the interests section, some people don’t you will have to make that choice yourselves
Resume – Don’ts
SPELLING – Their is nuffin worrse than seplling errows to cawse a tribble 1st Impresssion 😉
Spelling errors are the cause of many terrible first impressions!
It is not enough to hit F7 on your keyboard – you have to sift through everything.
Make sure it’s in a nice clear font that is easy to read. Sometimes, for instance, Verdana or Ariel Black can be a little bit overly-complicated – and please, no funny fonts.
Do not have a mixture of fonts. Keep it in the same font throughout; Ariel, Courier, Times New Roman etc. All work quite well – just so long as it’s clear.
No boxes. They may be alright on the dance floor (boxes, boxes, boxes!) but not on your resume. It never works. In particular, when you convert, say from PDF to Word or vice versa, the tabulation will go wrong, giving you an absolute dog’s breakfast of a resume.
‘War and Peace’ that’s been written once. Don’t make it too long. Don’t just make it a classified advert.
What is right?
You’ll have to be the judge but call us we can help you!