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How to Write a Killer Resume to Land You That Job

Sometimes it’s difficult to avoid mistakes when writing your CV. At Roubler, though, we’re here to show you how to make your resume stand out among a sea of applications. Here are our dos and don’ts for creating an outstanding resume.

Do:

  1. Customise your CV

Different companies are looking for different things, and it doesn’t make sense to submit a one-size-fits-all resume to all of them. Tailor your resume depending on the job and the company you’re applying to, and make the differences clear to anyone who’s just glancing through.

  1. Don’t write too much

Your employer will be very busy, so you should aim to be brief and succinct when writing your CV. Cut our any information that’s not relevant to the job – such as the fact that you can play violin like a pro – and keep your resume to one or two pages at most.

  1. Include your contact details and keep them professional

One of the most important things is to make it easier for a potential employer to contact you. After all, how will you know if you got the job? Don’t list the same email address that you’ve been using since primary school, though; if your email is something like Jeremyisthebest123@mail.com, you may wish to choose a more professional sounding address.

  1. Write in bullet points

We can’t stress this enough: your future employer is busy. Help them find your most important points quickly by writing in dot points. This gets your information across swiftly.

  1. Always proofread

It’s important to filter out any mistakes and spelling errors before you submit your application. Even the smallest error could catch the eye of the recruiter and make it less likely that you’ll get the job.

Also double check that you’ve attached the right cover letter and resume – you don’t want to send them a cover letter you wrote for another job and spoil your chances.

  1. Research the industry

The internet is full of example resumes and cover letters that can give you a good idea of how you should write your own application. Do some research and tailor your CV accordingly.

DON’T:

  1. Lie

When you lie during a job application, you will get caught out down the track. Don’t ruin your chances of securing your dream job; always tell the truth.

  1. Use family members as referees

It’s clear from the outset that your family will only give you glowing references. If you list family members, this might be suspicious to employers who are on the lookout for credible professional references. If you can’t think of anyone to list, try a university tutor or someone who you’ve done community service for.

  1. Make mistakes with your grammar

This relates to proofreading your resume with a fine-tooth comb. Studies show that employers perceive you as more credible when you can tell your alliteration from your apostrophes. Always ensure you’ve written in correct spelling and grammar; get a friend to check for you if words aren’t your strong suit.

  1. Use fancy fonts or insert images

Keep your CV plain and simple; don’t insert clip art, photos or interesting fonts. Unless you’re applying to be a graphic designer, there’s no need to show off your knack for visual creativity.

  1. Leave out important information

Don’t be afraid of gaps on your CV – just be aware that you have to explain them. If the only managerial experience was at your mum’s florist when you were fifteen years old, include all the details or leave the experience off entirely.

  1. Include your age or personal photo

It’s unfortunate, but the hiring process is often fraught with judgement. Leave your personal details off your resume and let your employer judge you for your experience alone.

 

Above all, the best thing you can do is actually submit the CV. You won’t get the job if you don’t try, so submit as many applications as possible!

 

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