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Write the resume – get the job

Resume writing isn’t easy. If it were, we’d all be applying for top jobs at multinational billion-dollar corporate offices in New York and Paris and Sydney, where we’d live in penthouse suites overlooking a park or river or marina. But we’re not. Of course, part of the reason is that we don’t have the experience. The other part of the reason is that we don’t know how to present ourselves on paper in a way that stands out in the industry. Writing a resume is a task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Having minor experience but making yourself look amazing can win you the prized career move over somebody with vastly more experience who didn’t take the time to compose a resume that blows the competition away. 

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Avoid simply making a huge list of your past jobs

This is an all too common mistake. There’s no quicker way to announce yourself as a job-to-job career journey maker who isn’t likely to stay in a position long than presenting a long and mixed list of relevant and irrelevant jobs stretching back years. Especially if you’re only going to write a single line underneath each entry that reads a little something like this “Team member with a number of daily duties and deadlines”. That says NOTHING about you. It’s as vague as the astrology pages in the local newspaper declaring you’re going to meet someone tall, dark, and handsome on a business trip. Take the time to choose your relevant job history, and write a few lines for each role saying your major duties.

Remember to write in reverse order

Your resume should be a reverse order collection of facts and stats. Start with your name and contact details, swiftly followed by your most recent professional experience. Why? Because if you’re in your 30s and you’re starting your resume with your high school education, you’re making the HR staff member search for what they really need to see (and that means you’re in danger of losing their interest). Relevancy first. Jobs, skills, education. And be sure to throw in a short section on awards and interests to help sway opinion in your favour.

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