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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.

I have known Maree Lacy for more than 6 years when I applied for a newly created role at a multinational company and she supported me throughout the process. Her honesty and sincerity impressed me and we have kept in touch since.

Maree understands my dilemma as a full time working mum who wants a career and yet be able to balance my time between family and work.   As she listens and knows what I am looking for, we have a strong mutual understanding and she does not “throw” jobs at me like most agents.

I have dealt with many recruitment agents both as client and customer and it is extremely hard to find one who really delivers on what they preach in terms of putting people first.  It is not just about generating quick turnover of sales but Maree believes in doing it the right way.

I would strongly recommend Maree to any clients looking to recruit or individuals looking for career move.


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