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Dos and Donts Killer Resume

How to Write an Absolutely Killer Resume

When applying for jobs, the strongest weapon you have is your resume. But even though it’s so important, it’s so easy to get it wrong.

At Roubler, we’ve seen some great CVs – and some bad ones, too. There are some simple things you can do to make your resume stand out from the crowd. Read on to find out more.

DO

Customise your resume to the job at hand

It’s a simple fact: different companies have different requirements. You wouldn’t submit the same resume to McDonald’s as you would to Microsoft. It’s important to tailor your resume to suit the exact position you’re applying for, to catch the eye of each hiring manager. List skills that are actually relevant and leave out the rest.

Keep it concise

Your hiring manager doesn’t have all day. Make your resume short and sweet – using bullet points and eye-catching headings – so they can take in your skills at a glance.

Include your contact details… and make sure they’re appropriate

Mistake number one is forgetting to list your phone number or email address on your CV. A close second is having unprofessional sounding contact details. If you’re still using the same email address as when you were 12, think about updating it to something that just includes your first and last names.

Always proofread

Nothing says ‘poorly prepared’ than a resume that’s riddled with typos. It’s easy to make mistakes when typing a CV, so always give it a once-over (or get a friend to do it for you) so you can pick up on missing words or typos.

And it may seem obvious, but make sure you attach the right file. Attaching a resume or cover letter meant for another company could be a deal-breaker.

Research the industry

See how other people in the industry have written their CVs and follow suit. There could be an industry-standard way of making your experience count.

DON’T

Lie

If you lie on your CV, you will eventually get caught out. Even if no one asks you at the hiring interview, it will come up later if you get hired for something you don’t have the qualifications for. You may lose your credibility and, what’s more, you risk losing your job.

Use your family members as referees

If you use your family as family members, it can look suspicious and may make you look as if you have no experience. Always seek out proper, professional references, even if you have to use a university tutor.

Use unexpected fonts or images

Try to make your resume look as professional as possible. Unless you need to demonstrate your creativity in a graphic designer role, stick with traditional fonts and keep the images to a minimum.

Leave out extra information

If there is something the hiring manager might be confused about, include it. Perhaps you have a two-year gap in your resume – if this is the case, explain that you were building skills during this time.

Include your age or image

It’s not necessary to include a photo of yourself or indicate your age or birthday anywhere. In fact, it could lead to necessary discrimination before you even have the chance to interview. Wait til you meet the interviewer, where you can impress them in person.

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