Your Resume Review
Thank you very much for using our resume review service and for submitting your resume. I’ve read through the document you uploaded and I would make some observations, suggestions and recommendations under the various headings below.
You don’t put dates for your degree, but I believe you’re at an early stage of your career. However, this is an excellent stage to be considering how best to structure your resume and how to include more in it for the future, as time goes by.
Actions to take
- You need to add more content and data under work experience, for all of the periods of employment.
- Add a short section at the start of your resume entitled ‘Personal Profile’ and summarise your career to date, some key skills, and any career-related achievements. Focus on what you can bring or deliver to the potential employer, not what you want.
- The resume can be brief, but you need to make it stand out against other potential candidates.
- The one page resume is good for your stage.
- Your soft skills need to be presented – these are crucial as they are usually transferrable skills.
- Add to your work history and experience. Focus on responsibilities held and any achievements.
- You’ve got headings of ‘Skills’ and ‘Attributes’. I think several of the items in the latter should be in the ‘Skills’ section.
- Change ‘Attributes’ to ‘Personal Qualities’ and identify and show those.
- Pick up keywords you need to show from the advert for the roles you apply for and include them.
- I don’t know if you know the field of work or the type of jobs you’d like yet? If not, think about your transferable skills – eg. Interpersonal skills, teamwork, etc – and show those.
- Try and show the ‘story’ of your development and growth and how the next job is perfect for you.
- Only include hobbies which show additional useful skills or expertise.
- If you lack work experience - Voluntary work is useful, but so is ANY work or activity you have undertaken or will undertake. For example, even working in a shop or coffee bar etc enables you to show more soft and hard skills that are potentially transferrable. Don’t feel the experience has to be directly relevant to your career, at this stage.
- Ideally show some unexpected added-value that is not asked for, but might give you an edge over the other applicants. You have extra language skills, but also a personal capability or a deep external interest may be of use here. This isn’t always possible, but it’s always worth exploring.
- Only show references if they are specifically asked for at this stage.
- It is hard to say more due to the limited information provided but have confidence that you already have some skills and experience that are transferrable, but always think about how you can increase this and take actions to do that.
- You can’t win everything as so much depends on the ad, the reader and the specific competition so it’s all about relentlessly working to improve the odds in your favour with every word, sentence and bullet point on the resume.
- Make sure you incorporate relevant keywords. Pick these up from the ad. Prioritize these and make sure to show the highest priority ones prominently and in the correct sections.
I hope that helps you win the role you really want. If anything isn’t clear, or you feel you need further help to rewrite the resume to score more highly, do please come back to us, we’re always pleased to help.
All best wishes,
Career Coach and Resume Writer
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