Our Top Tips for a Stand Out Resume and Cover Letter

Are you wondering why you haven’t been contacted for a job interview? Waiting for an email or a call from an employer to schedule an interview and wondering why you haven’t been selected can be the most frustrating part of the job search process. It’s especially tough when you apply for a job that seems like a perfect fit for your skills and experience and can leave you wondering why you weren’t picked.

Taking a closer look at your resume and cover letter may provide the answer to some of these questions, and we have provided some simple tips to implement when starting the job application process.

Resume

Formatting: It’s important to make sure the design and layout of your resume is neat and makes it easy to read. Use one clear font, we recommend Arial or Calibri, and use headings, bullet points and paragraphs to split up the text. Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct and consider making your resume two or three pages if you have less than 10 years of professional experience.

Education: List your latest education experience first and work backwards, this includes courses or qualifications you’ve completed at university, TAFE or other institutions that relate to the role you’re interested in applying for.

Work Experience: List your most recent jobs in chronological order. Be sure to include the title of your position, the name of the company or organisation, and the dates you worked there. Under each job, use bullet points to give a brief overview of your responsibilities and achievements, weaving in the skills you used, and relating them to the job advertisement

References: Most employers will require references from people you know professionally who can vouch for your skills and abilities. You could include contact and company details for a former employer, manager, or an academic advisor if they agree to be your referee.

Cover Letter

Generic: It is necessary to tailor your cover letter to the job instead of sending off a generic cover letter for multiple applications. The goal of a cover letter is to sell your accomplishments. You should write about what you can offer the company, not what you want in a job. Be specific and customise your cover letters so they highlight your best attributes.

Too Short: If your cover letter is too brief, it may not address all the required information a hiring manager is looking for. A cover letter will be need to give the employer a sense of who you are, highlighting your skills and experience.

Formatting: Use one clear font, we recommend Arial or Calibri, and keep the cover letter to a single page. Make sure your spelling and grammar are correct and review your cover letter before sending off.

We offer a complimentary resume review service where we will review your documents and can provide feedback on areas for improvement. If you would like more information please feel free to get in contact with us today.

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