There are hundreds of different resume templates out there; all recommending different things, and varying in levels of complexity. But we’re a recruitment agency. We know EXACTLY what an employer is looking for when it comes to writing a resume. We can give you all the dos & don’ts because we communicate with employers on a daily basis.
So here are a few things to remember if you’re about to set upon the arduous task of writing your CV:
1) The Simpler the Better
Believe it or not, an employer isn’t looking at fancy formatting, a complimentary colour scheme or exciting visuals (of course if you’re in the creative industry, ignore this one!). We see CVs every day that are just over the top, when really all that matters is the content.
2) Personal Details Aren’t Relevant
Unless you’re applying for a new modelling contract, giving details of your height and weight isn’t necessary, and you definitely don’t need to include your latest selfie. It doesn’t matter what you look like. We want to know about your skills!
3) You Don’t Have to Explain Everything
Most of us have been working since we were 18, maybe even earlier. But you don’t need to disclose and discuss every job role you’ve had since. Knowing about your Saturday job as a teenager and the skills that you developed isn’t going to help you achieve your next career move. Go into detail on your last two roles, or the ones that are most relevant to the position you’re applying for.
4) It’s Too Long
The first 2 pages of your CV are key. 4 or 5 pages of in depth details is not worth your time. Use points 2 & 3 to ensure your resume is concise and doesn’t exceed the 3 page mark. Top Tip: You don’t need to include all the details of your references. Employers will mostly offer a job role subject to satisfactory references.
5) Be Honest
It can be tempting to claim you had more responsibility than you did or your skills are more developed than they are. Ultimately you can’t get away with it, the truth will come out in an interview or on your first day. Being honest means you actually find the job that’s right for you.
Your resume is the first thing an employer sees of you. Ensure you are making the most of it.
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