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What makes a good resume?

Resumes help employers make hiring decisions and are critical to securing your perfect job. It’s not enough to have great content; your resume layout needs to be easy-to-read, professional and engaging.

Recruiters at times look through hundreds of CVs. If a resume layout looks unprofessional and is difficult to follow, most likely the application will be overlooked.

The importance of a good resume can never be underestimated. Your CV is your best representation of your abilities, skills, and experience. If the resume layout is right, it can help convince your potential employer that you are the best person for the job.

Tips to help you create a great resume.

Basic information must be included.

Ensure your document includes your name, up-to-date contact details, summary, qualifications, and work history.

Organise by importance.

List everything in sequential order, starting with your most recent role. Employers are usually most attracted to your recent work experience; however, they will scan the rest of your CV for other relevant experience. Recruiters like to look at the resume in reverse chronological order.

Keep it short.

2-4 pages maximum, it does not matter how much experience you have; you need to be able to communicate efficiently and effectively.

Keep it professional and simple.

Your resume format should be easy to read. A nice clean white background is best and use a standard font like Times New Roman or Arial.

 Use bullet points.

Bullet points are essential to helping your employer navigate through the document. List your day-to-day responsibilities as a series of bullet points.

Sell yourself.

Your CV should tell the story of your career. Your summary should carefully articulate your experience and skills, and it needs to be presented and tailored to the role that you are applying for.

Proofread your resume.

If your CV has any spelling mistakes or grammatical errors, it can be a poor representation of you. Have your resume proofread by a family member or ask a friend, just make sure it is double and triple checked.

By Andre Elcham 5/11/2020

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