Making a great first impression in just six seconds is not an easy task!
But, this is exactly what you are trying to do when you apply for a job with your resume according to The Ladders study!
To ensure your resume is clear, concise and attractive to future employers, here are a number of points, which you should always include, no matter what:
1. Your contact details
Location – no need to include your full address, your suburb or city is enough
Email Address – make sure this is suitable for a job search
2. Employment History
Job title – i.e. Receptionist
Dates of Employment – including month and year
Responsibilities – bullet point what YOU did in your position, include any significant IT systems. Keep this concise. I would suggest 5 or 6 points on what you did within the role on a regular basis
Achievements – any noteworthy accomplishments which YOU made during your time there – an example could be an award or training certification
Title of Qualification– i.e. Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Criminology
Name of School / University / College
Year of Completion
I recommend that you tailor your resume to the job you are applying for – use this template as a guideline but include any additional information which may be requested within the job advertisement you have seen. For example a cover letter or an outline of particular skills relevant to the role
Make sure your employment and education history are in reverse chronological order, ie the most recent is on the top of your list
Ensure your resume is only 2 or 3 pages long
Include details of any significant periods of time off so there are no lengthy questionable gaps
Ensure that your resume is consistently formatted. Use one font throughout and make headings clear to read
Use the correct past and present tense for your employment and education. For example “I answer all incoming calls” if you are still in the role, or “I answered all incoming calls” if you no longer work there.