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Combine a killer resume with a well written, tailored cover
letter and you have the best opportunity to be invited for an interview
Think of your resume as your most important marketing tool. It needs
to shoot you to the top of the must-interview pile and leave the
person hiring with no doubt that you'd be an excellent addition to
their team. Here are some of the most important parts of a winning resume.
Like a cover letter, you need to tailor your resume to fit each job
application. It's not enough to fire off a generic resume for every
job. Go through the job description of the position you're applying
for, read up on the company and then make sure you address every point
in some way in your resume by highlighting experience, qualifications
and skills that match those they're after. Take out anything that has
no relevance or is out of date.
Your resume should be no longer than one or two pages and should be
easy to read. The person hiring should be able to quickly scan and
pick out key words and relevant experience, so make use of bullet
points and concise sentences. And don't fill up space by listing every
single course you've taken over the last decade – pick the most
relevant and condense the others into a sentence.
Make sure you put the most relevant experience for the job first.
Work experience, as well as qualifications, should be ordered with the
most recent first, but only if they're relevant to the job.
It's a good idea to include a couple of sentences at the top of your
resume that highlight key aspects of your experience, education and
skills, as well as your work ethic/personality. This helps the person
reading to gain a quick understanding of who you are and what you'll
bring to the organisation.
Hobbies and interests
Include a line or two at the end of your resume about what you like
to do outside of work. This is one of the only chances you have to
show your personality, who you are and what you might be like to work
with. Include interests and other things like volunteering, as well as
any awards you've won – all this helps show your commitment, drive and motivation.
Combine a killer resume with a well written, tailored
cover letter and you have the best opportunity to be invited for
an interview. And don't be afraid to speak to your TAFE NSW lecturers, or contact
services for career development advice.