Top Tips for Writing a Killer Resume

If there’s one thing guaranteed to demoralise anyone – it’s job searching. We know that (being the awfully smart chums you are) you’ve most likely got a resume and cover letter in tiptop condition.

But if you want to shine in 2D this year, check out our top advanced tips for writing a killer resume.

Skip the deets on your latte art skills

Claiming that you were the best barista in Melbourne’s east may have worked for your last part-time job interview, but if you’re seriously looking for a graduate position it’s time to part ways with your lactose love heart skills.

That latte art will be a killer when you can afford your own proper machine, but until then your potential employer doesn’t actually really care at all.

Trash the objective

Generic, waffly, and hideously boring – ditch that career objective at the start of your resume. If you’d like to have an introduction (your cover letter will more than likely suffice), try going for an executive summary or career overview.

This should be like a 30-second elevator pitch – covering everything from who you are to what you’re looking for in this job. Skip the fluff – be precise.

Skip the pronouns

Avoid writing your resume in third person. It tends to encourage longer sentences and dense text. Try writing in first person, but removing the pronoun. For example, “proficiency in Adobe suits – Photoshop, Lightroom and Premier Pro”.

Make sure your resume is in reverse chronological order

In other words, your most recent position comes first. It’s a great way of showing your employer your recent achievements (and probably your best).

Make your achievements for each position clear and concise

Employers go through hundreds of resumes, so make sure yours is easy to read, understand and remember! No one’s got time to read through long-winded explanations.

For every (relevant – see point one) position quantify at least three major achievements or successes. If you can’t think of three, maybe don’t include that particular position…

Forget crazy fonts, formats or happy snaps

Black and white, size 11, Times New Roman, Arial, Tahoma or Calibri please. There’s no real reason to use tables either, unless you happen to be saving room on your resume by doing so (hint: this is unlikely). Pictures are distracting, so pass on those too. 

Get those references on it

You know you would give your potential employees references if they requested. Why beat around the employment bush and make them ask for it? It’s a waste of their time, and yours. Write them down.