YOUR CV IS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION.
MAKE IT COUNT!
February was an exciting time for us. We hired another Graphic Design guru and a Social Media Manager and Content Creator wizard. During this process, we obviously saw our fair share of resume’s and portfolio’s. And the one’s that stood out held a few important factor’s that we thought, why not write a blog on what to include and what to remove when creating your CV/resume.
So here are our do’s and don’ts to consider when creating your resume.
Don’t over explain.
When expanding on your experience, don’t over complicate it. Remember that you aren’t the only person applying for the position, so keep things concise and specific so that recruiters will know immediately if you are the perfect fit or not.
Include work experience related to the position your applying for.
We all start at the bottom, but if you interned at a business doing something completely unrelated to the position that you are applying for, then rather exclude it from your work history. Again, keep things concise and relevant.
ADD WHAT MATTERS.
REMOVE WHAT DOESN’T.
List the software that you are efficient in.
Seems obvious, and maybe even trivial because we’re all “fast learners” when it comes to what we say on our resume’s. But including your knowledge in certain software and programs can help push you to the front of the queue.
Include keywords that speak to the job description.
A lot of agencies and companies have started using bots to read the influx of resume’s that come through for positions. Make sure that your resume includes any keywords, tags and phrases that pertain to the position that you are applying for.
Simplify your job titles.
You were once a digital content researcher that specialised in animal husbandry focusing on the years 2010 – 2014. Cool. That’s not a title, that’s a description. (Also, that job cannot possibly exist and if it does, get in touch! We want to become friends!) But back to seriousness, titles that read quick and easy are the first impression of your resume. So make it understandable.
This seems a little silly to include in this list. But for real, copy check and then do so again. And again. But also, fact check yourself. Make sure your dates are all correct. Make sure your contact details are correct. If you don’t pay attention to your resume, why should the people you hope that will hire you pay attention to it.
Include a cover letter.
Getting personal is always a nice touch. Write an introduction to who you are and what you’ll bring to the table if you are hired. But don’t be over zealous and nauseatingly positive. Be real and natural in your letter. And include a little research into the company that you’re hoping to join, mention what you love about their culture or how you find their brand intriguing.
And there you have it. You’re now on the road to success! That is if you apply these to your resume. We’re just an agency, standing in front of you, asking you to heed our points above to make sure that you have them at…hello.