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 that’s going to appeal to potential employers.
Getting your resume summer ready
If you already have a resume, but you haven’t looked at it since you last applied for a job, or you were nagged to get one sorted – it could well be due for a refresh.
- Check your contact and personal details are correct
- Add in any recent jobs you haven’t listed yet (including voluntary and community work)
- Update and skills, awards, achievements that you’ve accomplished lately
- List a couple of hobbies – the more relevant they are to the jobs you’re looking for the better
Take some time to review your skills and attributes section too.
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
If you don’t have a resume and you’ll be applying for your first job, no problem, you’ve got some time to prepare one.
Remember to include:
- Your name, age and contact details
- Education details, including the names of your schools and a list of subjects you’ve studied
- Any other jobs that you’ve had, including volunteer work or work experience
- A list of your skills – don’t be shy
- Awards or achievements you’ve received
- A couple of your hobbies and interests
Keep it brief, simple, honest, and easy to read.
Or head over to the Super Simple Resume Builder to get your CV whipped up in no time.
Customise the details
Your resume and cover letter will what gets you through the door and into an interview, 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. It’s still worth writing a shiny cover letter too, just a few sentences letting the business know why you’d be an amazing addition to their team.
Applying for specific jobs? You’ll need to address skills or other criteria listed in the advert (remember, for entry level jobs the bar shouldn’t be set too high, so don’t be afraid to blow your own trumpet).
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.