Building and updating your resume can be a time-consuming task. Indeed, many job seekers view their resume as an impediment to their job search. Though most jobs out there will still require a resume , the good news is that there are some ways that you can substitute other methods of communication to build your case as a job candidate.
Many employers ask job seekers to complete online applications to obtain the information they need for internal screening processes. These organizations often use scanning software to process applications and screen candidates. Typically candidates will be given the option to supplement the online application with a resume, but often this is not a requirement, as the application itself will likely ask for details on employment history.
Since resumes sent cold to employers are usually ignored anyway, it makes sense for job seekers to invest most of their job search energy into networking efforts. Reaching out to friends, neighbors, community members, fellow parishioners, college alumni, or members of your professional associations for information and advice can lead to interviews.
Informational meetings can be set up with emails and in-person contact. Resumes are not required and often send the wrong message that you are soliciting your contacts directly for a job. Job seekers can gain visibility by composing emails or letters stating how their skills can solve employer problems or help them to meet challenges. These communications should be addressed to department managers or small business owners, rather than Human Resources Departments.
The objective should be to set up an exploratory meeting to discuss how you might add value to their organization. Your profile can incorporate recommendations, endorsements of your skills and samples of your work, as well as a list of your jobs and accomplishments. Combining an email or letter with a link to this information can be an effective strategy for building your case without a resume.
Even the best resume only tells others what you have done. Demonstrating your skills can be a far more convincing way to influence your contacts. For more about references, check out our How to choose a referee? A testimonial is another good way to prove that your skill and experience is what the employer is looking for. Getting a testimonial can be as easy as asking a colleague, teacher or previous employer to write a couple of sentences about you.
Ideally the people you get testimonials from should also be included in your references. Usually it's enough to include one or two testimonials in your resume. Any more than two is probably too many. For examples of testimonials, check out our Sample resumes page.
A lot of recruitment agencies use software that scans applications for key words and phrases. Applications that don't use the right keywords tend to be automatically rejected. To make sure your resume has the right key words and phrases, check out the job ad and make a list of the words and phrases it uses. If you don't have a written job ad to refer to, you can use a job search engine to find other ads for similar jobs and see what kind of keywords those ads use. Once you have a list to work from, start adding those words and phrases to your resume.
Good places to add keywords include:. For examples of how to use keywords on your resume, check out our Sample resumes page. Here are a few things not to include on your resume. Note that there may be circumstances when including some of the following information shows that you're a good fit for the job.
If that's the case, including that information would be a good idea. You don't have to provide any personal or private information on your resume. There's no benefit to be gained from providing information that could be used to generalise about you as a potential employee.
A possible exception to this might be when providing this information would give your application an advantage e. In these situations, consider including such information if you think it would strengthen your application. Submitting a resume or cover letter with spelling mistakes will guarantee you don't get an interview.
You should spellcheck your resume before you send it, but you should also get someone else to read it as well and check for mistakes you might have missed. Double-check everything that you include in your resume. If you mention the company's name, make sure you get it right. If you mention the name of places you've worked before, make sure you get that right. Mistakes on resumes are worse than typos.
You should also consider getting your resume looked at by someone professional. Check out "Reviewing your resume", below. Don't include images or photos on your resume. Not only are images disliked by recruiters and HR professionals, they can also create problems with recruitment software.
Many resumes only feature the applicant's name and contact details in the header of the document. Some recruitment software is unable to read information in headers and footers. If you do include information in the header and footer of your resume, make sure you include it in the body of the document too.
Stick to easy-to-read fonts and formats. This makes it easier for recruiters to review your resume. It also means any recruitment software that reviews your resume can easily read the information. Good fonts to use include:. Don't use large headers to break up the sections of your resume. Use a or point font for your main content and a or point maximum for headers. Some resume templates present information in tables to help with layout, but some recruitment software is unable to read tables. Your resume should only be formatted using line breaks and simple formatting like setting multiple columns across the page.
Some recruitment software can't read pdfs. Unless a job ad specifically says to provide your resume as a. Having someone else review your resume is extremely important. People you could ask include:. The Career Development Association of Australia has a list of professional organisations that can review your resume for a fee. They have also developed a resume review checklist that can help you to make sure that you check over everything on your resume and get it right the first time.
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How should I order my resume? Do I need to change my resume for each application? How to tailor your resume Ways that you can tailor your resume include: Using your opening statement to link your experience and education to the organisation and the requirements of the job Listing your most relevant key skills first Including examples of achievements that meet the advertised requirements of the job Including specifically relevant key words and phrases throughout your resume see "Keywords" in "What Your Resume Should Include", below What your resume should include There are a number of things that every resume should have on it.
Contact details Make sure you include your name, email address and a contact phone number on your resume. When putting together this list, think of things you've done or learned to do as part of: Jobs you've had Your studies Any work placements you've done Any volunteering you've done For examples of the kinds of skills you might list, check out our Sample resumes page.
Examples might include: Word processing or spreadsheet software Programming languages Tools e.