Use a font and a layout that make your resume easy to read. Don’t over complicate things, but break up text when you can with headings (‘Work experience,’ ‘Education,’ ‘Skills & qualifications,’ and ‘Accomplishments’) and bullet points.
Recruiters look at a resume for no longer than 10 seconds when shortlisting. To aid their speed reading, they’ll be on the lookout for keywords which indicate that a resume demands further attention. Check the job specification and the company website for common words and phrases.
A recruiter can spot a generic resume from a mile off. Every resume you send out should be different – tailored to the job, the company and the industry
Recruiters like to see hobbies, as it makes candidates appear more rounded. But, try not to be too trivial, e.g. “I enjoy socializing with my friends.” Include hobbies that highlight how you will fit in well with the company culture.
It can be helpful to include the reasons why you left a particular company – for example, if you only spent a short time somewhere. Just be careful how you the reasons are worded and avoid anything which suggests there was a breakdown in relations
Drop in any relevant links, like your LinkedIn profile, a blog, or a positive mention in the press. Adding some nice touches to your resume will give the impression that you’ve really given it some thought.
Spelling and grammatical errors can ruin an otherwise promising resume. So, check, check, and check again. Good luck!
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