Resumes are the first impression an employer will have of you and they provide a snapshot of evidence to prove you worthy of an interview (or not). It's important that your resume positions you in the best possible light and is easy enough to be read in less than 15 seconds - that's how much time a recruiter or hiring manager has for a resume that lands on his/her desk.
It's clear that making your resume stand out from the crowd is essential to landing an interview. There's no right or wrong way to do this but we do have a few tips and tricks that can help you along the way.
Tips to strengthen your resume
Keep it concise!
Keeping your sentences short and concise will make your resume easier to read and digest - giving you an advantage when hiring managers only have a few seconds to read your resume.
Use simple formats
Stick to a simple format with easy-to-read fonts. Don't go over the top with bolding, underling or italicising text and keep the bulk of your resume under font size 12.
Use a professional email address
Typically one using your name or initials is safe, avoid anything silly and definitely don't use an email address with offensive language.
Keep your employment history in chronological order, with the most recent position at the top, and keep information consistent across all previous jobs held. When glancing at your resume it should be immediately clear where you've worked, what positions you've held and how long you were at each company.
Use positive and action-oriented language such as "determined", "implemented", "created", "devised" and "coordinated".
Add a cover letter
Write a personalized cover letter to complement your resume.