Your resume is the most important document you can use to sell yourself. It is a marketing tool that defines who you are and why an employer cannot move forward without you. It is a screening device for employers and recruitment consultants and the quality of your document will determine whether you are screened in or out. It is the difference between being invited to interview and receiving the dreaded rejection letter.
Every single resume is unique to the person writing it in terms of the content and layout, and ideally, every single resume you send should also be unique to each application you make. You should try to tailor your resume to the position that you are applying for by including the relevant skills and experience you have that are required for the desired role.
Never lie on your resume. If the lie works, and you are successful in gaining an interview, your lie is sure to be discovered during the selection process. You should never include anything in your resume that you cannot justify or comfortably explain.
Presentation, presentation, presentation
Although it is obviously the content of your resume that will eventually gain you an interview, you should also take extreme care as to the presentation. You want it to be easy for the reader to follow and understand. The initial impact and visual appearance of your resume can make a big difference in how much time the reader will give to your resume.
Try to keep it clear and concise
Avoid squeezing too much information onto one page. If your resume contains great information, but appears crowded and difficult to follow, the reader may just dismiss it without giving it the attention you deserve
Ensure stated dates are correct and be sure to include month and year of employment!
Don’t make it too short, or too long. The length of your resume will depend very much on the years of experience you have had. A one-page resume would only suffice for a junior position; on the other hand, an eight-page resume could be viewed as "waffle". Don’t "pad" out your resume with nothing of substance, but be sure to include all relevant details.
Always include your achievements in previous positions. A potential employee wants to know the difference you would make to their organisation.
Check for spelling and grammatical errors. It is a good idea to have someone else cast an eye over your resume to check for errors. Errors in a resume show a lack of attention to detail, which will often count against your application.
If emailing your resume, you should ensure that it is saved in a common format, such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat.
Submitting your Resume Online
Most applications happen online these days. Sometimes a covering email can be better than a covering letter. Stating your objective and contact details gives the reader the opportunity to see this information without opening any attachments.