Did you know within approximately 6 seconds a potential employer or recruiter would have scanned, screened and scrutinised your resume and decided if they are meeting you or not? I know I know I hear you now saying thats not fair, well unfortunately life just isn't fair.
This is why it is imperative that your experience and expertise stand out; with no mistakes in sight.
Over my 10 plus years of recruiting across several sectors (Education, Retail and Airlines) I have seen it all and this is why I have decided to put together a few hints and tips for you on writing your resume. Your resume is your first impression and we all know first impressions count.
1. Spelling or grammatical errors.
Proof read your resume and correct any spelling or grammatical errors. One error can cost you an interview. Ensure that any of your previous roles have been updated to the past tense from present. When you have checked it, ask two other people to proof read it too. Mistakes can easily be missed when you’ve read it over and over again trying to get it just right.
2. Personal Information
Removing any extensive personal information from your resume will protect you from any form of discrimination; this includes full address, photograph, date of birth, nationality and religious belief. All that is required is your full name, email address, town or city of residence and if you’re not a national citizen, the type of visa you hold and if/when it expires.
3. Set your Social Media to private.
We all have a private life but lets leave that for home. Links to your social media accounts do not belong on your resume, no matter how cute you think your selfies are. You may believe that your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest page adds to your personal brand and give a potential employer insight into who you are but it can very often give the wrong impression of your character and beliefs. ALWAYS without fail change ALL your social media settings to private, before submitting your resume for consideration.
4. A Resume VS Cover Letter
A resume is not the place for your objective and/or explanation of why you want the job you are applying for this for your cover letter, whilst your resume should only contain FACTS.
5. STOP EXCESSIVE BULLET POINTS
Too many bullet points can be overwhelming. I would recommend slicing up your material by summarising effectively with concise and clear bullet points of your duties and responsibilities, for each role. Use the job brief to determine what experience is relevant and tailor it to the job, particularly if you had a variety of responsibilities.
6. Microsoft Word ALL THE WAY
Air on the side of caution and always use Microsoft Word and keep away from using tables, margins and footnotes – the format may look fabulous on your computer, but it’s likely that it won’t look as professional when uploaded to another program. This is certainly the case when you draft and format a document on an Apple Mac and it’s then uploaded into Windows. I say this from experience as our whole business uses Mac's.
7. Use sector relevant titles.
Now we all know different employers have different titles for the same role but steer clear of adding this to your resume, this is just plane confusing for potential employers and when you have 6 seconds to impress you want to keep it simple. We all know what the standard job titles are so use them, in this case less is more.
8. Time and place for everything
The reasons for leaving each job does not belong on your resume; it’s not the time or the place. Some believe that adding in this information demonstrates entire transparency and will heighten their chance of an interview, but sadly this isn’t the case. The time to address the reasons surrounding your reasons for leaving will be in your interview
9. Don't give your Mum as a reference
Potential employers want to speak directly to your previous Manager not someone you have worked alongside or an Assistant Manager. If this is something you feel you cant do discuss this with your interviewer with confidence around the reasons why. The details of your referees will be requested, if not throughout the process of interviewing, then certainly around the job offer stage. Ensure you also have asked your referees’ permission before nominating them to be contacted.
10. NO GLAMOUR SHOTS
At no stage do you ever need to have a photo of yourself on your resume. This does not help in any way as this is a professional document and you are not relying on your looks to get a job so why would you put your picture on your resume.
If you ever need assistance with writing a resume that will get you the job of your dreams speak to any of the team at Murdock Education Recruitment, the specialist in Early Years Recruitment.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Adrian Grundy is Australia's Leading Recruitment Specialist to the Early Years Sector and Owner/Founder of the Murdock Group.
The Murdock Group is comprised of two expertly driven Early Years Centric businesses, Murdock Education Recruitment and Murdock Early Education Schools Group ( 2 Long Day Care Services located in Western Australia ). Adrian has been recruiting in the Early Years Sector going on 10 years where he has built, managed and lead some of Australia's largest specialised recruitment firms.