First impressions count, a lot. It may be superficial, but we humans form opinions of people and things almost instantly. The impression we form in those first few seconds can influence our opinion long after we have learned more information.
The dating app Tinder is based entirely on this aspect of human psychology. A quick glance at a profile picture and then swipe right on someone’s profile to indicate that you’d like to get to know more about them, or swipe left to pass and move onto the next person.
Reading resumes is similar. Studies have shown that recruiters spend just 6 seconds making a decision about a resume. That’s not enough time to read everything you’ve so carefully written, so a lot of it comes down to visual appeal.
By now you should know that employers value fundamental employability skills: communication, teamwork, problem solving, organisation, self-management and so on. You know that your resume has to display these skills for you to have a shot at the job, so you put a section like this on your resume:
- Problem solving
Unfortunately, listing skills like this on your resume is entirely pointless and will not impress anyone.
To understand why, watch a minute or two from these three videos.
There are lots of approaches to writing resumes. Looking at examples is one way to kick-start your thinking about what works and what doesn’t, and what you might do differently on your resume.
Here’s an example from someone graduating with a business degree.
Sample Resume for a business student
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A beginner’s guide to resumes
Your resume needs to show employers that you have the qualifications, skills and interests that they are looking for.
A bit like a brochure or advertisement, your resume needs to be very clear and specific in showing an employer that what you have to offer is exactly what he or she is looking for.
In the age of online job advertisements, employers can be flooded with applications via email and have to put a lot of time and effort into sifting through them. Just as you will be selecting and applying for particular jobs because they seem to match your skills, interests and needs, employers will be looking at all the applications they receive and deciding which one reflects the person most likely to match their needs. Continue reading
Here’s a detailed look at what to include in your resume. The way you organise information in your resume will depend on your current situation, the type of role you are applying for and employer requirements.
- The first page of your resume should include the information most relevant to the job you are applying for, with less relevant information placed towards the end of the document.
- Organise information under each heading in reverse chronological order (in other words, list the current or most recent activity first).
Here are the key headings most commonly included in resumes for students and recent graduates. Continue reading
Did you know that most employers will spend between 30 seconds and 2 minutes scanning your resume before deciding whether or not to shortlist you for an interview? To avoid having your resume end up in the reject pile, it is important to ensure that your resume is streamlined and targeted to the particular job you are applying for, so that you catch the employer’s attention from the first page. This means you need to pay attention to layout and presentation and include all the relevant sections in a clear and concise format. Continue reading