Below is advice more for entry job seekers. It’s very American but there are some good things in it. As a resume writer, I use Glassdoor to investigate workplace culture for applicants who come to us. I’ve edited a few suggestions to make it more Australian.
Emphasise accomplishments, not responsibilities
This requires some creative thought and is SO important. Start making a list of all the responsibilities you had. Then, write next to each of those responsibilities the accomplishments you made in that responsibility. These will be the bullet points you use in your resume.
Managed 10 accounts in excess of $5 million annually and came in under budget by 10 percent.
Not only is the second statement rich with detail, it shows how much the applicant accomplished during their time, rather than just what their generic role was. It packs more punch.
Make it one page - but not if you’ve got great current experience
Don’t fall into the trap of trying to fit every single internship, skill, and little detail into your resume. A pruned down resume gives your big accomplishments and roles a place to shine. Also keep in mind that time is something recruiters don’t have much of.
Tailor it to applicant tracking systems
While you’d like to think your resume is going straight to a pair of human eyes, it is often first seen by an automated computer program that scans your resume for keywords and weeds out unqualified applicants. Add these keywords to your resume to help it glide through applicant tracking systems.
Create more than one resume
In today’s job market, the strength of your job application comes in its uniqueness. When you’re up against applicant tracking systems, and applicants from all over the country, you need to find a way to stand out in every single job you apply for. Set yourself apart from the pack by tailoring your skills, experience, and interests to every single job you apply for.
As hiring managers are reading resumes in an exclusively digital format, adding hyperlinks is catching on. Ensure your use of hyperlinks is appropriate to the situation. Don't over do it.
Tell a story with your resume
A resume is where you weave the story of your career trajectory. Highlight the major milestones that show your progress and learning process. Your goal is to draw the reader in, rather than make them feel like they’re reading a simple chronology.
Leave out your basic computer skills
You’re proficient at Microsoft Word and Google Search? Great, so is the rest of the pool of applicants you’re vying for the job against. Adding these skills to your resume is clear evidence that you’re trying to pad your resume because you don’t have enough skills to fill it in. Instead, there are lots of concrete skills that you can pick up quickly before a job interview instead.
Revise, revise, revise
Earlier in the year, Glassdoor highlighted the resume of Neel Somani, that got him internship offers at Google, the NSA, and more. “As with most people, my resume has undergone countless revisions,” Somani said. “My biggest piece of advice is to get feedback from as many people as you can, especially who have held positions that you’re interested in.”