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HOW TO CREATE YOUR BEST RESUME & COVER LETTER

We all want to land the dream job. Firstly we need to create a resume and a cover letter that sells yourself and lands you that job interview.


Applying for a new job can be a stressful process.  Before you even reach the interview stage, your resume and cover letter have to capture the attention of the prospective employer and make you stand out from the other applicants. 

Remember your resume will only get a few seconds of attention, you have to generate interest the moment they lay eyes on it, make it count!

Firstly a cover letter for most of us is a bit confronting as to what to put into it, do you write a long letter, a short letter or your life story.  Poor English, poor structure or simple content that doesn’t get to the point will leave an employer moving on without giving your resume a second glance.  A cover letter should be approximately 200 to 250 words in length, use your cover letter as an opportunity to highlight your key skills that are relevant to the role.

 

What to include in your resume:

  • A resume must have the following key information:
    • Starting with your full name (preferably centred on the first page)
    • Contact details (address, personal email and mobile number)
    • Followed by your Career Profile or Objective.
    • Relevant Technical skills, either Achievements or a Career Snapshot – this is usually on the first page.
    • On the second and subsequent pages (ideally keeping it to 3 the very most 4 pages) will be your work history, education, professional affiliations and references on request.
  • Short is usually better, keep a resume short, direct and easy to read, have as much white space between sections as possible, preferably 3 – 4 pages should do it, listing your achievements.
  • Make sure you have consistency in the use of capital letters, bullet points, bold, italics, font size and underlining.  Remember the resume’s first impression is most important, it should be visually appealing, to be inviting to the reader.
  • Jobs listed should include a title, the company name and the commencement and end date/ or current.  Jobs listed should be no more than 10 years, jobs earlier in your career can be summarised or omitted.
  • There are absolutely no errors.  No typing errors, spelling errors, grammar or punctuation errors.

 

WHAT NOT TO PUT ON A RESUME:

  • The word “Resume” at the top of the resume
  • Salary information
  • Full address of former employers
  • Reasons for leaving jobs
  • Names of supervisors
  • References with full details
  • Photograph of yourself that is not professional

Resume tips from Rosie Border, who specialises in Mid-Level and Senior Accounting and Finance roles in the Western Sydney market.


Click here to download our 2016 Candidate Handbook, which includes a sample resume.