So you think you have found the perfect job, and now you need a resumé. First of all, do not panic: you do not need a perfect resumé to get in the door. If you follow these simple tips, you will increase the chances that someone will review your resumé and call you in for an interview. Then you can show them why you are the best person for the job!
- Keep your resumé short‚ no more than two pages.
- Start off with a Career Summary section that includes 2-3 sentences about you and your skills and experiences that closely match what the job is asking for. For example‚ if they are asking for customer service skills and experience‚ say it right up front—do not be shy!
- Use a simple font and a reasonable font size (12 is good) and make sure it looks clean and is nicely laid out.
- Use bullets or numbering to keep things in order and make your resumé easy to read and follow.
- List your jobs in order from your current or last job and then go back in time (but don’t go back further than 10 years if you have been working for awhile).
- For each job list a couple of accomplishments (things that you did really well) along with a brief summary of your duties. For example‚ “I am a quick learner; I work very well with everyone I meet; I received many customer compliments.”
- Remember to add your volunteer work to highlight skills and abilities you learned there as well.
- Have a friend or family member review your resumé‚ along with the job posting‚ before you send it in.
- Think of your resumé from the hiring manager’s perspective—make it easy for them to hire you.
- Finally‚ this is your chance to sell yourself to a new employer‚ so make sure your resumé matches what the job posting is asking for. Every new job requires you to review and change your resumé to make it reflect exactly what the company is asking for.
If you follow these simple tips‚ you will see more employers actually reading your resumé and hopefully calling you in for an interview. Preparing for a job interview is a different topic for a different day‚ but having a resumé that shows you took the time to outline how you meet the qualifications of the job is a great first step. Good luck!
Greg Conner is the Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Secretary at B.C. Transit. Greg is responsible for leading strategies to support BC Transit’s Human Resources Action Plan in the key areas of talent management, culture, labour relations and policies and procedures.