Resume Tips: Essential Checks Before You Submit Your Resume

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Welcome to Part 2 of our Resume Tips Series.

The resume question I get asked most about is ‘how many pages should a Resume be’. My response? It should provide enough information to encourage the reader to learn more about you and ultimately invite you to an interview. Whether that objective is fulfilled on two pages or six pages shouldn’t matter, so long as your layout and content are engaging, succinct and relevant. 

Easier said than done?

Honestly, it takes a bit of time and a lot of consideration to get your resume in shape, but it doesn’t have to be complicated and all in all, it is time well invested for your future career. So grab a cuppa and lets get started with the MetaRecruit Essentials for a resume.

Here are things your resume cannot be without

Your Contact Details: Name, address (suburb at minimum, and state if applying interstate), mobile, email and LinkedIn profile URL if you have one. If you don’t have a LinkedIn Profile, I highly recommend you set one up just as soon as you have finished your Resume. We will cover LinkedIn Profiles in a future blog, however in the meantime there are other sources (such as LinkedIn itself) who can give you great pointers in this area.

Your Career Objective: What are you looking for in your next role that will advance your career path? This short two to three line statement must be relevant to the role you are applying for otherwise the hirer could stop reading your resume right here. It also must honestly reflect what you want to do next. This is your opportunity to say what you need for growth and satisfaction in your next role. When you’re happy in your job, you will do it well.

Your Profile: This is a summary of the type of person you are at work (eg team player, inspirational leader). How many years you have worked in the industry, have you held a variety of responsibilities (eg business development or leadership). Use this segment to demonstrate your enthusiasm and include keywords that are relevant to the role you are applying for (eg passionate about numbers, love getting into data, motivated by exceeding targets). 

Career Achievements: This is a selection of up to five dot points, around three to four lines each. This is where you demonstrate how you are the right person for the role, through the results of your past actions and their positive impact on the company you work for. Theses are your achievements. 

Correlate these achievements to the problems or needs identified in the job ad or job description. This is where you will have to be specific and relevant. You don’t give the whole story here, just enough to show you can do what needs to be done. The  deeper detail is shared in the interview. (We will go into more detail around writing achievements in our next installment). 

Your Employment Overview including:

  • Date (month and year). Yes month is essential. Whether you started in February or November could mean nine months of experience you do or don’t have. Be transparent.
  • Employer name (if the company name has changed since or while you worked there, add previous name in brackets)
  • Position : ie your job title

Date Employer Position
Aug 2017 – May 2020 MetaPeople Finance Manager
Employment History Overview

Table of your Education: including

  • Date (year started and completed. If you haven’t completed advise it still in progress), Qualification, Institution

Date Qualification Institution
2019 Master of Marketing University of Sydney
Education Overview

  • Below the table of your Education, list your of Professional Development, Training/Affiliations and Associations (include Certifications)

Employment History: Present the below for each role. This is a more in-depth coverage of your roles, listed one by one including:

  • Dates (Month & Year to Month & Year ie Aug 2017 to May 2020), Company and Position Title
  • Brief description of the company (two to three sentences)
  • Key Responsibilities: four to five lines: What you were asked to do, these are often found on job descriptions or performance reviews. Keep the responsibilities you refer to relevant to the role you are applying for.
  • Key Achievements: Six to eight lines. This is what you did to make a difference in the company backed up with measurable statistics. Again, keep relevant to the role you are applying for.
  • Reason for leaving (better to address this than leave someone to make assumptions)

Referees: At least two trusted ex-colleagues, of which one should be someone who managed you directly.

It’s Time to be Ruthless

It can be difficult to be unbiased or ruthless with the content of your resume. However if you are someone with 10 years+ of work experience, you must go back to your previous roles and scale down the content. When updating a resume, it’s common to just add in the most recent role, without reviewing the information for past roles. However this is a sure fire route to a resume with repetition of skill and experience, resulting in a document that is much longer than it has to be. So take a deep breath and be ruthless. Remember, less is more. Ask a few trusted people in your industry for feedback, to help decide what you should or shouldn’t include.

Resume Templates

There are lots of styles of resumes online however if you would like a copy of the MetaRecruit Template, please contact me at karen@metapeople.com.au and I will be happy to share it with you.

This is the second blog in a series of Resume Tips. Next up… Writing Your Achievements 

 

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