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Roxanne Calder: How do you write the perfect resume?

A leading recruiting specialist has shared her hot tips for crafting the perfect resume to land the job of your dreams.

Roxanne Calder is the founder of the best recruitment agency in Sydney EST10 with over 20 experience in the field and author of 7 Attributes to Assure Your Working Future.

Many Australians are currently looking for a job and the Australian Bureau of Statistics reports a rise in unemployment from 4.6 percent in September to 5.2 percent in October.

Leading Australian recruiting specialist Roxanne Calder has shared her hot tips for crafting the perfect resume to land the job of your dreams

Leading Australian recruiting specialist Roxanne Calder has shared her hot tips for crafting the perfect resume to land the job of your dreams

The purpose of a resume is to connect with employers as quickly as possible, Ms Calder said, so it’s important to think like a hiring manager to create a current resume that ends your job search.

Ms. Calder shares her top seven tips for creating an eye-catching resume that will impress any employer.

1. Create a Master Resume

Ms. Calder suggests putting together a master’s resume with all of your information, including education, previous positions, volunteering, work experience, projects, interests, potential references, skills, achievements, strengths, and more.

This way, you can select the information to create a unique resume tailored to each job you apply for.

A Master’s CV can shorten application time and make sure you don’t forget any important details.

A master’s resume is a great tool for interview preparation and a helpful reminder of all your accomplishments.

The purpose of a resume is to connect with employers as quickly as possible, Ms Calder said.

The purpose of a resume is to connect with employers as quickly as possible, Ms Calder said.

The purpose of a resume is to connect with employers as quickly as possible, Ms Calder said.

2. First impressions count

To stand out for all the right reasons, Ms. Calder said make sure your resume is easy to read and visually balanced with consistent fonts, formatting, and spacing.

She also suggests checking a hundred times for spelling and grammar mistakes, because if you make a mistake, your resume could be skipped by employers altogether.

3. Be mindful of your audience

Sending the same resume to every job application is a recipe for failure, so it’s wise to create a resume with the reader in mind.

She advises using your master’s resume to choose the most appropriate skills, achievements and experience to match the position.

Use keywords from the job description in your resume as the automated systems employers use to scan applications to pick up certain criteria, words and phrases.

“While a different resume for each job can be time-consuming, it’s time well spent and your application can attract some sought-after people,” she said.

To stand out for all the right reasons, Ms. Calder said make sure your resume is easy to read and visually balanced with consistent fonts, formatting, and spacing.

To stand out for all the right reasons, Ms. Calder said make sure your resume is easy to read and visually balanced with consistent fonts, formatting, and spacing.

To stand out for all the right reasons, Ms. Calder said make sure your resume is easy to read and visually balanced with consistent fonts, formatting, and spacing.

Buzz words to avoid on your resume

go-getter

Detail-oriented

Result-driven

proactive

Hard worker

Team player

Self motivated

Source: Indeed.com

4. Avoid buzz words

Subjective terms and clichés like “team player,” “go-getter,” “thinking outside the box,” “hard worker” might make your resume stand out for all the wrong reasons, said Ms. Calder.

These buzzwords can send inconsistent messages that may not fit into other parts of your resume and don’t convey the facts.

It is best to show your actual results rather than say that you are “result oriented”.

5. Quantify Your Duties and Responsibilities

Ms. Calder recommends using a shortened version of the STAR method, which stands for Situation, Task, Action, Result, rather than just listing your responsibilities from a previous job.

For each of your relevant roles, explain a situation or challenge you found yourself in, what you needed to accomplish, what you did, and the outcome of your actions.

The STAR method helps you to clearly explain your knowledge, duties and performance capabilities to potential employers and prepare you for those difficult interview questions.

Subjective terms and cliches like “team player,” “go-getter,” “thinking outside the box,” “hard worker” that makes your resume stand out for all the wrong reasons

6. Aim for a maximum of two or three pages

If you have a long list of past jobs, Ms. Calder said you should focus on experience from the past ten years, briefly summarize previous positions, or give employers an option to review your past career by inserting a line like “Full CV on request’.

You should also use full dates, months and years and it is very important to explain career gaps.

7. Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date

Make sure your LinkedIn profile, including job titles, matches the information on your resume.

Ms. Calder said most employers will look at your LinkedIn profile at some point during the hiring process, so it’s important not to paint your experiences a certain way if your LinkedIn tells a different story.

For more information and career advice, visit the Est10 website here.

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