Always include a cover letter that states why you are applying for the job. Include who you are and why you are the best fit for the organization and for the specific position. Be sure to change your cover letter to match each job that you are applying for and personalize it rather than using a generic template.
For example: use “I would like to submit my resume for the position of Assistant General Manager at GoodLife Fitness Masonville” instead of “I would like to submit my resume for the posted position in your company”.
Setting the tone
Treat your resume as a true first impression to the selected employer in which you are applying. Ensure the tone of your resume remains upbeat and professional, and use action words like “developed”, “managed” or “completed”. When outlining your accomplishments, be honest and don’t forget to brag. You worked hard to achieve these goals.
Keep your layout simple – your content should be in plain, readable font and don’t forget to use bullets. When laying out the flow of your resume, ensure you use titles for each section to divide the information.
For example: Objective, Education and Training, Experience, Awards and Accomplishments, References
What to include
- Contact Information – name, address, email address and the best telephone number to reach you at. Some applicants even include their social media contact information.
- Relevant Education and Training - start with the most recent and ensure the items listed are relevant.
- Career History/Experience – Include this in reverse chronological order (most recent first). You can divide this section by “Related Experience” and “Additional Experience”. It is important to include your job title, the name of your employer, the dates you were there and your key responsibilities and accomplishments. It is critical in this section that you highlight things that relate to the job you are applying for.
For example: if the job posting states that their ideal candidate must be successful in exceeding individual or team sales goals, highlight how you surpassed your sales targets leading to the team’s success.
Things to avoid
The things you leave off your resume can be just as important as what you include:
- Try to avoid listing jobs you held for only a month or so.
- Avoid listing all of your job tasks and responsibilities for every role you have had. Instead, show how you contributed to the organization.
For example: talk about how you helped save the company money, increased sales in your department or improved a process or script.
End your resume by listing references or stating that they are available upon request. When possible, always include a minimum of two work related references.
In summary, keep it clear, concise and simple. An employer typically takes about 3 minutes to read a resume. Make yours memorable!