Resume = Your Brand
You only have a few seconds to make an impression on a reader of your resume.
Keep things simple, structured and relevant to maximise your chances of making that impression a good one.
- Keep to an easy-to-read Word format // avoid using Excel and tables.
- Use a traditional font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
- Keep it concise. No reviewer wants to receive a 12 page resume.
- Use reverse chronological order, stating your current or most recent job first, then working backwards. Your most recent 4-6 years’ experience is generally most relevant to a new role, so there’s usually no need to write in great detail about experience prior to that.
- Keep Technical Skills relevant. No need to list obsolete technologies you were good at in 1999.
- When explaining your role and responsibilities, show how you fit into the team. For example, rather than just stating that you are a “desktop engineer at XYZ Corporation”, explain that you are a “desktop engineer in a team of four engineers, supporting 500 internal users”. Make it easy for the reader to picture you in your role.
- Show your achievements.
- Don’t use abbreviations that the reader is unlikely to understand, such as abbreviations for company department names.
- Spellcheck your resume and have a friend proofread it for you before sending it to companies or recruiters. Spelling mistakes give a very negative impression.
Interview at your best
- Be punctual.
- Dress appropriately. For men, suits are necessary.
- Be prepared by researching the company. Review the company website. Understand their products and services. Industry knowledge is useful.
- Review your resume several times in order to clearly explain your background and skills.
- Ask yourself: What is it about the position that interests you? What is it about the company you like?
- List 3 – 4 questions you would like to ask the interviewer. You should ask questions that will help you decide if this is the position for you.
- Come into the interview with the image of being motivated and positive.
- Make eye contact with the interviewer.
- Be calm and speak clearly. Mumbling words never helps.
- Listen to the interviewer. Many people appear to listen, but do not focus on what the interviewer actually says.
- At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer and finish by restating your interest in working for the company.