Resume Guidance – For Job Seekers

It is your resume that gets you an interview– they are your introduction and therefore need to be FANTASTIC!! They must be done properly, answer the questions posed by the job advertisement and show that you are a candidate the employer must interview.

Here we aim to give you some advice only – how you use it is up to you. Our aim is to give you the information you need to put together a resume that will separate you from the rest and give you the best chance of getting your dream job.

Tips we recommend

1. Try to keep your CV under 5 pages – keep information to the point – list employment and education from the last completed. * Jobs completed 10 years ago only need to be listed – list titles, employer name and dates for jobs before this.

2. Clear, straightforward text - make sure everyone can understand it

3. Presentation of CV does matter – must be easy to read

4. Put contact information ideally at the end

5. List skills and experience - relevant to the job you're applying to

*How you describe your most recent jobs and the role you performed is important. Your most recent roles should be listed clearly showing:

Company name and location (if not well known detail the industry)

Role title you held

Start date and end date

Brief description of responsibilities (3/4 bullet points)

Achievements- describe job outcomes achieved that will be of interest to any prospective employer. "Introduced and implemented training programs as well as commission based incentive schemes for advertising staff, which directly improved sales by 32% in one year."

6. Do not include academic transcripts and certificates from studies unless the employer has asked candidates to include these in the job advertisement.

Grammar and Spelling

Where possible get another person to read over your CV to check that spelling and grammar is correct. Often employers will disregard CVs where there are spelling errors regardless of content or whether you may be a strong contender for the position. Check that the CV is in the same tense throughout and all information is correct and not exaggerated.

Tweak your CV to different jobs

The jobs that you go for might all be in the same Job Category, and the employers might all be similar. But there are always going to be some little differences each time.

So it makes sense that your resume should be a little bit different or tweaked each time you send it out.

Make sure that you adjust your CV to the job you are applying – it is wise to keep a few different versions of your CV under different headings “Accountant”, “ Bank Teller”, Accounts Receivable, to ensure that the version of your CV you are sending to a role matches it precisely. Pick the CV that is most appropriate for a particular employer, and that's the one they see. Storing your resumes in your account will also allow you to apply for jobs on the go via our mobile site, tablet site or iPhone app

Before you hit 'save'...

A fantastic resume will go a long way towards getting you the dream job are wanting. It is the resume that gets you noticed and an interview. A resume that is poorly written and that contains spelling mistakes gets you no where. Take the time to get it right.

Job Seeker Profile

Once you've set up your resume you can use it to create your Job Seeker Profile on our site. This is a place where you can summarise yourself and what you're looking for in your own words, then let employers and recruiting agencies find you.