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’re clearly 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. You have the beginnings of a good ‘story’ to your resume, but the issues I can see are:
- The resume is brief, so it is hard to stand out against other potential candidates for jobs or grad scheme places.
- Your work history since graduated comes across as fragmented and very brief.
- A one page resume is best for your stage.
- Your introductory ‘Objective’ paragraph is focused too much on you and what you want, not what you can bring or deliver.
- Your soft skills are not well presented – these can be crucial.
- Your personal qualities are mixed in with your skills, on page 2
- The keywords you need to show are generally absent, excepting the obvious ones like HTML, CSS, etc.
The actions you can take are:
- Expand your opening paragraph and refocus on how you can bring or deliver value for your next employer and put this prominently.
- Show yourself as freelancing for the entire period since graduating, so you appear to have been employed the whole time. Within that you can say “Some example projects have been …..bah blah.” That way, it implies there is other work also – if you’ve got work you are doing it, when you haven’t got work you are looking for it, but it shows more solid work experience.
- Include the keywords specifically relevant to the opportunity you are applying for. Use the ad or person spec as a guide, when you apply for roles or positions.
- Present more of your capabilities in that section, perhaps adding 3 or 4 bullet points.
- Continue to add content which builds the story of who you are and what you are capable of. Your aim is to show that you are one of the leading applicants, in comparison to other likely applicants who will probably be similar to you.
- Do whatever you can to add experience to your resume. 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.
Towards these actions, some specific points are listed below.
Professional summary introduction
- Use this to replace ‘Objective’.
- Note comments above, and use the Ad or job spec as a guide for what extra to include in this section.
- After a brief opening paragraph, use one line bullet points to score against the requirements. This is one of the primary sections. (The others are ‘Work Experience’ and / or ‘Voluntary Experience’.)
- Ensure you add relevant keywords in this section.
Employment history section
- Populate this as per the notes above.
- Add a little more detail to your projects and ideally some achievements delivered.
- Look to add any more past experience you can, no matter how short.
- Plan to get more work experience, of any type.
- Always think about transferrable skills and soft skills you have developed or how you can develop the desirable ones in the near term.
- Always use the ad or person specification as your guide. Look at what they want, then showcase yourself as that person.
- The categories you already have are good for your stage, subject to comments on changes above.
- Separate ‘Skills’ and ‘Personal qualities’, and include soft skills and transferrable skills in the latter.
Visual Presentation and Organization
- Your basic layout and sequence of sections is good, but note the comments above.
- Do ensure you proof-read the document and / or get someone else to check it for accuracy and consistency of English.
- Work to show more of yourself and what you can deliver if an employer takes you on.
- Your technical skills are strong. You should have confidence that you already have some skills and experience that is 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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