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 have the beginnings of a good ‘story’ to your resume, but your resume needs developing so that it ties in to your next potential employer and shows what you can do for them. Ideally, some of that would be something other likely applicants could not do so well.
Actions to take
- You need to add a few brief words to add context under your work experiences, for all of the periods of employment. The more you can show strong employers, the more it shows your experience as more valuable.
- Your ‘Education’ section is good, but put it at the end of your resume, not the start. Also, the last date is 2005, can you list more recent professional development courses or experience?
- It’s good you have a ‘Profile’ section. But focus on what you can bring or deliver to the potential employer, not just what you are.
- In the Profile section try to include key achievements if possible. Also, if you can, try to make them relevant to the job you are next applying for.
- Also, within your ‘Experience’ section, try to split your entries and comments between tasks / responsibilities and achievements.
- Within both sections, use brief introductory paragraphs, and then bullet points to aid readability.
- I was confused by the over-lapping experiences you list, try to clarify how that was possible so it does not raise doubts within the reader.
- The two page resume is good for your stage.
- Your soft skills need to be presented – these are crucial as they are usually transferrable skills. Perhaps put these under a new section called ‘Personal Qualities’ or ‘Transferable Skills’. Add in things such as teamwork, interpersonal skills, etc. that are relevant for you. Try to demonstrate these as well within your ‘Experience’ section, where relevant under the employers.
- Pick up keywords you need to show from the advert for the roles you apply for and include them.
- Tailor your resume by trying to show the ‘story’ of your development and growth and how the next job is perfect for both you and the employer.
- Only include hobbies and interests which show additional useful skills or expertise. Some of yours do add value for you.
- Ideally show some unexpected added-value that is not asked for, but might give you an edge over the other applicants. Maybe 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.
- In your main titles avoid italics and remove the drop shadow.
- Remove the letters ‘CV’, they are distracting and also everyone knows they are looking at a CV or resume.
- Your technical skills and experience are strong and you should have confidence that you already have many positive skills, qualities and experiences that are transferable, 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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