When was the last time you updated your resume?
We’re guessing the last time you applied for a job – right?
Keeping your resume updated throughout your career, whether you’re looking for a new role or not, makes it easier to keep track of your achievements as you go, and present a complete, up-to-date application when needed.
A good resume should include the following:
HOT TIP: Always provide your resume in Word format to ensure it can be read correctly by an applicant tracking system (ATS). Recruiters will read all resumes on application, but depending on the ATS used, your resume will be recorded and used for future keyword searches within a database.
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I always encourage including a cover letter. It should be addressed to the specific hiring manager and customised for the specific role you’re applying for. Keep to half a page with a little about yourself and why you feel you’re suited to the role. Tell me something that I won’t find in your resume too.
It’s really important to give the reader some context. For each role provide i) a short summary of what the organisation does and ii) a short summary of what your role/function was in this organisation.
Include the details of your previous projects, including dollar value and your role within the project.
I like to see acknowledgment of your challenges and achievements on past projects or roles.
Bullet points are great for drawing attention to skills, achievements and project details. But don’t go overboard!