Creating your own resume and making it ‘great’ is not an easy thing. We generally don’t like to brag about our skills and often personally undervalue them particularly when changing careers. There are many things to consider when creating a great resume. We’ve written some top tips to get you resume ready for your dream job.
When employers receive hundreds of resumes they can spend as little as 6 seconds scanning your CV to see if it makes the cut. If it is not properly formatted and easy to read you won’t get a look in. Formatting is one of the most important steps of writing a resume. The two most popular types of formatting include chronological and functional:
Have a career objective at the top of your resume to explain your future career direction and highlight your skills – reinforce why an employer should hire you. Keep your career objective to a minimum of three to four sentences.
Resumes are best saved in PDF formats as they are easily accessible on most computers and cannot be edited.
Always include a cover letter as this is your chance to expand and customise your career objective and highlight your skills specific to the job at hand. It is essential your cover letter is tailored to each employer! The Guardian suggest the following format for your cover letter:
Remember this is a cover letter and it should be in a letter format – it should enhance your resume with tailored highlights specific to the application not merely replicate it.
Your resume is essentially your marketing piece of material about yourself. It is your chance to sell your strengths and skills to an employer. Rockport Institute suggests that your resume must show at least 70% of the advertised jobs requirements to have any hope of landing an interview.
Get creative and think outside the box when writing this section of your resume.
Don’t wait for the job advertisement to pop up to start your resume, be prepared by having your resume written and a cover letter template and update them regularly. Timing is everything. Role Ready suggests getting in before the 24/48-hour window is gone – this is the best opportunity to get your application in before the employer is flooded with candidates and takes the role down. They are also the most keen to review applications at this stage.
Being prepared also includes doing your homework about the organisation in which you are applying for. This is your chance to:
Follow up with a phone call after you have submitted your application to confirm if they have received it and also to personally introduce yourself and let them know how keen you are for the job and why.
On average employers receive 300+ applicants for each job advertisement. That’s a lot of competition. Many employers are also now using resume automated screening – Resume Hacker suggest as many as 60% of all companies. To have the best chance of make it through one of these resume screening processes, have a good clear format and mirror any key words in the job ad – word for word. This should at least get you to the shortlist allowing a real person to view your CV not a machine.
A professional can help create a killer resume by extracting from you and focusing on the key elements employers are looking for. Once you make it to the interview stage you can then confidently sell yourself in person allowing employers to see your great personality first hand. If you’d like to engage a professional, we recommend Role Ready – the investment will be well worth it and just may land you that dream job. Contact Role Ready on www.roleready.com.au or call 3388 6500.
Following these simple tips and use your successes from previous careers to demonstrate how you could be a great in real estate. Having a real estate qualification is also a great way to get noticed by employers. If you’d like to know more about real estate courses, contact Validum Institute on (07) 3193 57270 to discuss your options that will assist you in landing your dream career.