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How to write a Resume

Your resume is a personal marketing tool that outlines your skills and experience relevant to the job

The objective of your resume and accompanying cover letter is to secure a meeting or interview with your prospective employer. A powerfully written, visually appealing, impressive resume is the one most likely to win an interview. It should also be dynamic which means you should update it regularly and ensure it is tailored for each job you apply for.

Your resume is a potential employer’s first impression of you – consider your resume as your personal sales document.

• Resumes are best prepared in a common program such as MS Word so they can be submitted electronically.
• A good resume needs to be tailored to each job application. Some larger companies use screening tools and applicant tracking systems to identify the right candidates. Include some of  the keywords mentioned in the advertisement throughout your resume. Identify some common keywords, terminology and key phrases that you may find being repeated in advertisements for roles you are targeting and incorporate them into your resume (assuming you have those skills!!)
• Ensure that there are no gaps of employment dates in your resume and use reverse chronological order, listing your most recent experience first.
• Instead of using an objective statement at the start of your resume, replace it with a professional profile or executive summary. Use this to explain who you are, your years of experience, industries worked in, what you are great at and how you can provide value to a prospective employer. Use no more than 3-4 sentences.
Your resume should highlight your key responsibilities but not your daily work flow.
• Avoid using any images in your resume (including a photo of yourself as this can sometimes confuse the applicant tracking systems used by larger companies and recruitment agencies.
• Use classic font such as Arial, Calabri, or Tahoma and only use black and white text in your resume.
• List your key achievements (one or two) for each role highlighting how you exceed targets, improved processes and procedures etc
• There are three instances when you use capital letters in a sentence - proper nouns, titles and the beginnings of sentences. Proper nouns include names of people, places, institutions, organisations, groups etc. Do not use capitals in the middle of a sentence unless it is one of the three instances described. The overuse of capitals makes your resume difficult to read and can hinder your chance of gaining an interview with a client. You only get one chance to impress on paper!
• There is no need to add referee details or write "references on request" as recruiters will ask you for your referee details at some stage of the recruitment process and would expect that you have briefed your referees on the roles you are applying for.
• Proof read your resume for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. Also seek the help of an independent party to review the whole document.

An example resume can be found here.
"On the back of a long term relationship with our business spanning more than 10 years, Maree has facilitated the placement of 2 senior people into our finance team over the last 12 months. In doing so, Maree has spent time deeply understanding the companies requirements and in doing so, has shortlisted quality candidates for discussion ensuring time was not wasted interviewing potential candidates clearly not aligned to what we were searching for. We have used the Accountancy Connect team extensively over the last 10 years and will continue to do so in the future."

Peter, Financial Controller, Construction industry