Applying for jobs can be a stressful situation. Whether you have many qualifications and skills or you are new to the workforce one of the first tasks required for anyone is crafting a resume. It is amazing how many people are rejected purely on resume only, be it because of a lack of qualification or just missing key points that all HR and employers are looking for. Here are 4 things you can do that will help boost your resume and increase your chances.
- Have a structured format; this means no long winded story about how you were a class captain in year 10 and how that means you understand leadership, keep it short and sweet. The amount of resumes that are read by employers means that keeping things in an easy to read succinct format with dot points and key words.
- List the skills and awards relevant to the career that you want; both the inexperienced and experienced job applicant can be guilty of this. While it is important that you list all the skills you believe are relevant, sometimes culling a few unnecessary achievements can help make your resume look more compact and tells employers that you understand the job that you’re applying for.
- Ask yourself, am I qualified to do this job. The age old saying of fake it until you make it just doesn’t wash anymore. Plus the amount of time you spend applying for jobs you will never get without the qualification could be better spent gaining said qualification. Employers are looking for skills and qualifications coupled with training or experience, if you are not what they are looking for then your resume won’t get a second look.
- If you want a higher chance to succeed, find the experience that you need. The biggest problem faced today is not getting experience or having the time and money to invest in a course to increase your employability. With a rise in online study and courses, finding the right one has never been more crucial.