Before you start applying for jobs, it’s a good idea to make sure that you have a resume ready to go and that it’s up to date and looking schmick.
Updating your resume
If you already have a resume, but you haven’t looked at it since you applied for a summer job last year – it could be due for a refresh.
- Check your contact and personal details are correct
- Add in any recent jobs you’ve not listed (including voluntary and community work)
- Revise your skills, awards, achievements and hobbies if necessary
You might like to review your skills and attributes section, the better you make it – the more likely you are to stand out.
Don’t forget that if you’re applying for a particular job, it’s a good idea to edit your CV to reflect what the employer is looking for. Never make things up, but it’s amazing how a little re-wording could make you more appealing as a prospective employee.
Creating a resume
Don’t have a resume and you’ll be applying for your first job, no problem, you’ve got some time to prepare one.
- Your name, age and contact details
- Your education details, including the names of your schools and a list of subjects you’ve studied
- Any jobs you’ve had, including volunteer work and work experience
- A list of your skills
- Any awards or achievements
- Your hobbies and interests
Keep it brief, simple, honest and easy to read.
Tailor the details
Your resume and cover letter will determine whether you get an interview or not, so you’ve got to make them relevant and stand out.
If you’re just planning on going around to businesses handing over your resume, keep it short and sweet.
Applying for specific jobs, you’ll need to address skills or qualities listed in the advert.
If you really don’t think you have many of the skills or experience they’re looking for, but you’re still keen on the job – say that in the cover letter. Tell them you’re really keen to learn, it could make a difference.