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2 must-haves for a perfect resume

By Nicola Vass - 25th January 2018  |  Career Management , Individuals

What makes a good resume? Tuesday’s news.com.au article the reassuring title “What your CV should look like” is the latest in a long line of ‘last words’.

Based on Australian job site Adzuna’s analysis of 50,000 CVs the article highlights these four ‘most common’ avoidable errors:

  1. incomplete employment history
  2. incorrectly formatted file names
  3. CVs that were the wrong length
  4. spelling mistakes

While these are definitely failings that we at INS are all about avoiding, there’s so much more than length, spelling and filename, to preparing an effective resume that will win you the interview.

Pitch your resume at the right level

Firstly, for example, it’s so important to consider your pitch – not just your content but your language needs to be pitched at the right level for the role you’re applying for. Featuring responsibilities and results in your employment history that are either too basic or too high level for the role you’re applying for is never going to work in your favour.

Most hiring managers assume that if the language or career highlights are above the level being hired for, then the candidate will very quickly be looking to move up and out of the role (and they’ll have to recruit again, ho hum).

And focus on the role

Then there’s the focus. Adzuna’s CEO Raife Watson warns that too many resumes, “go overboard” in terms of length because they include irrelevant information about their personal life. The reason for this is that the resume has been drafted with the wrong focus.

It’s tempting to think that the focus of your resume is you, but actually, it’s not! The focus of your resume should be the role you are applying for. Focus on the responsibilities of the role and the skills sought – and providing evidence that you have these to contribute.

As challenging as it is, you need to read your resume from the perspective of the person responsible for filling the position. This is where the advice of a third party proves invaluable (like our Career Coaches!).

Of course, Adzuna’s big four plus your pitch and focus are just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more to crafting a great resume.

But if you never go beyond getting the filename and spelling right, you might be left wondering why you’re not being called for interviews.

by Sherryn McCarthy
Senior Facilitator

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