Crafting an excellent resume is an artform, but it shouldn’t be an art piece. There are hundreds of tips and tricks to crafting the perfect page (or two) that showcases who you are and why you’re perfect for the role. I’ve had a wide range of varied roles over the years, in retail, writing and science, and here are five resume tips that helped me land an interview.
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There's no shortage of resume advice on the internet, much of which you can find on this very website. The following infographic takes a scientific approach to improving your resume with 18 insights plucked from studies and surveys.
Dear Lifehacker, Much of your advice around resumes is all about getting your foot in the door -- past the auto-screeners and the six-second glances. But what if I'm already in the door? I'm being referred for a job, and I'm wondering if you've got any advice for this situation. I figure they'll spend a bit longer looking at it since they're giving me an interview.
Dear LH, I have a question about job applications. Job portals like Seek provide an easy process where you can apply for a job in a few clicks. This is meant to make life easier and enable people to apply with their mobile phones.
However, what about the Cover Letter?? Isn't that still required? I find this very confusing as it implies that a cover letter is redundant. However, wherever I read about job hunting tips, there is always a strong emphasis on the cover letter. Am I supposed to type the cover letter out on my phone? Or what?
Jeff Bezos is set to become the richest human ever. As one of the key founders of Amazon, Google, Airbnb, Twitter and Uber, Bezos clearly has a lot to crow about when it comes to professional skills and achievements. Nevertheless, it's possible to cram everything into a single page - which means you really need to trim the fat from your own resume.
The internet is full of advice on improving your resume. But what if you're just starting out in the workforce? Creating a resume from scratch can be a daunting task. What should you include? What should you leave out? What order does everything go in? If you're staring at a blank page with no idea what to do, this comprehensive checklist has the answers.
There's no shortage of resume tips on the internet, but word selection is one area that's often overlooked. Believe it or not, your verb choices can have a serious impact on how your resume is received by prospective hirers -- even if the listed skills and achievements remain otherwise unchanged. This infographic from Eapplicants lists 22 action verbs that have been proven to strengthen resumes, along with a multitude of extra tips.
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One should never use one infographic as the Be All & End All of resume advice, but these are 18 tips proven by SCIENCE to help in the current climate. What hiring managers look at changes over time as new research comes out, buzzwords change, and people latch onto the latest trends to be noticed above everyone else.
As the traditional career advice goes, you usually shouldn’t include your hobbies on your résumé because they take up valuable space and waste the precious few seconds a recruiter spends skimming your résumé.
But in some situations, they can actually add value to your résumé and help you stand out in a good way.
I have vivid memories from my hiring days of going through applications for various roles and finding that one person who decided to submit an application for every single one. It happened more than you'd think -- and honestly, it happened more than even I anticipated when I was new to recruiting. However, as I started reviewing more and more resumes, one thing became apparent: Somewhere out there is a person who is apparently telling people that the best way to get an employer's attention is to apply for as many of their openings as humanly possible.
Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before they make the initial decision on candidates. That means you have to win them over fast. To get a better idea of what makes a resume great, we reached out to Amanda Augustine, career expert at online job-matching service TheLadders. She created an example of an excellent resume and allowed us to share it.
Looking for a new position is one of the most stressful things you'll ever do. Perhaps it's the high stakes behind the search that makes it easy to over-analyse every part of it, especially when it comes to how you respond to the emails recruiters send. I know that before I became a recruiter, I spent way too long trying to write the perfect responses to every single email I received. They had to be perfect, I thought, because there was a job on the line.
According to numerous studies, the average job recruiter spends less than ten seconds perusing a resume before moving onto the next candidate. If you don't grab their attention in those fleeting moments, the job opportunity is gone. If you never seem to get a callback, it probably means your resume needs some work. Thankfully, there are a number of quick fixes you can employ to help it stand out. This infographic breaks down what you need to know.
A good resume should be able to fit your work history, education and contact details onto one or two pages max. Despite the brevity, there's still a lot that can go wrong. This infographic from job seeker site Eapplicants looks at some common pitfalls to avoid along with suggested action verbs to help your resume stand out from the crowd.