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5 essential tips to make your resume stand out

Posted on 04 July 2024

Crafting a standout resume can be a daunting task, but with these five essential tips, you'll be well on your way to catching the eye of hiring managers and landing your dream job.

1. Tailor your resume

Did you know that 61% of recruiters consider a customized resume a significant factor in their decision? For each job application, it's crucial to tailor your resume to highlight your relevant skills and experiences. Customise your resume for every job you apply to, ensuring it aligns with the specific requirements and expectations of each role.

(Statistics from CareerBuilder)

2. Quantify your achievements

Resumes with quantifiable results are 40% more likely to catch a hiring manager’s eye. Instead of vaguely stating your accomplishments, provide specific numbers that demonstrate your impact.

For example, rather than saying you reduced debt, specify that you reduced debt by 10% over six months. This concrete evidence of your achievements makes your resume more compelling and credible.

(Statistics from TopResume)

3. Use relevant keywords

Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are commonly used by recruiters to filter resumes. To get past the ATS and into the hands of a hiring manager, use industry-specific keywords throughout your resume. Research the job description and incorporate relevant terms to optimise your resume, significantly improving your chances of landing an interview.

4. Ensure accuracy of details

Accuracy is critical to your resume. Make sure all your details, including employment dates, are correct and listed accurately. Incorrect or misleading information can raise red flags for employers and could potentially cost you the job. Double-check your resume to ensure all details are precise and up-to-date.

5. Keep it concise and focused

Recruiters spend an average of seven seconds scanning a resume. To make a strong impression, keep your resume concise and focused. Aim for one to two pages, emphasising your most recent and relevant experiences. This focused approach helps ensure that the recruiter quickly identifies your key qualifications and suitability for the role.

By following these tips, you'll create a resume that not only stands out but also effectively showcases your qualifications, helping you secure more interviews and, ultimately, the job you want.

​If you would like further advice on how best to optimise your job search, please get in touch with me.

Further resources to help with your job search

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Author Mathilde Cauberghs has worked in recruitment since 2019 and specifically in Sydney since 2022, recruiting all Accounting and Payroll Support roles across multiple industries.

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