The job market is extremely tough these days (trust me - I know) and even the highly qualified and experienced often struggle landing an interview. For years, friends and family have been impressed by my résumés and; as a result I have assisted sooooo many people in improving the look and content of their own résumés / curriculum vitaes. So, today I am sharing four simple tips to get your résumé noticed by your future employer! 

1. TRY A TEMPLATE
Sure, starting from scratch may seem like a good idea but, why not make life simpler?
By finding a good template that will grab the employer's attention and separate you from the other applicants, you are already one step closer to landing that job. After all, first impressions are extremely important. So, what to look for? I say, less is more. So find something clean and professional but with a little added spice. It is also important that your template speaks to the job you are applying for - an actor and a CEO would not be using the same template. My fave templates are available on canva.com and hloom.com but, there are soooo many available on the web.

2. CONSIDER YOUR COLOURS
The days of black, grey and navy blue are long forgotten. If you want your résumé to grab and hold your future employer's attention, steer away from the drab and pick fab in relation to your colour choices. And no, I do not mean you need to pick neon green and orange but, play around with colours that sell who you are. Go for colours which grab attention without hurting one's eyes or inducing a headache - you are going for memorable NOT terrible.

3. DELVE INTO THE DETAILS 
Ensure your contact details are clear and if you have multiple pages, be sure your details appear on every page. There is nothing worse than receiving an impressive résumé and having no way of contacting the applicant. Essentials to include are: your name and surname, contact details, education, work experience (relevant to the job) and your skills.

 4. MODIFY TO MATCH 
When responding to a job advertisement, be sure to highlight ALL the skills and experience they want, in your résumé (repeat this in your cover letter too). For this reason, I adjust my résumé for each job application. Often this is the first thing they look for so, make sure it is clear. No, you do not have to repeat these keywords exactly as they appear in the advert but, paraphrase or use synonyms so they can easily identify that you possess what they are looking for.


I hope these tips have been useful; if so, feel free to DOWNLOAD them as a PDF

ALL THE BEST WITH YOUR JOB SEARCH! 


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