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So you're ready to apply for your first graduate position or you're looking for a different job to get you through the trimester break…. Then it's time to update your number one marketing tool - your resume.
7. txt tlk
It is never ok to use the same language in your resume as you would in a text message to your friends. This also goes for cover letters and email applications. Only ever use whole words and sentences… you would be surprised by what some applicants have thought to be acceptable in their applications. This also goes for spelling and grammar.
6. The photo
Employers have mixed feelings about the resume photo. Some like to see the candidate before deciding to interview, but others will find it distracting. If you are applying for a position as a model or on television then it may be appropriate to include a photo, but almost all other positions will never require one - it's not about your looks, it's about your ability to do the job. Don't give prospective employers another chance to discard your application simply because they don't like the colour of your shirt.
5. Crazy fonts or colourful paper
While devices such as these may make your resume stand out from the pile, they may not convey the correct image for the job that you are applying for. Always stick to a professional template (we even have some readymade for you within the Resume Builder).
4. Irrelevant personal information
Marital status, children, hometown, favourite episode of Modern Family… are all things that should not be included in your resume. Only include information that is relevant to the position as giving any more away may just give the employer a reason to discard your application.
3. The spelling/math/drama award that you received in Year 7
While it was great at the time (so great that you even got to go up on stage to receive it), including awards from more than 2 years ago just makes it look like you are adding padding to your resume. Try to only include awards that are relevant to the position that you are applying for, or those that are especially noteworthy.
2. Vague skills
If you are going to talk about specific skills on your resume try to be as specific as possible. Don't simply write 'I have outstanding communication skills' and leave it at that - expand by including an example of a specific time that you used the skill and gained a positive result.
1. Overused phrases
'I'm a self motivated, perfectionist who has a proven track record as a team player'. Use every opportunity to give examples of how you have developed skills and situations in which you have achieved great outcomes. Prospective employers want to be sure that you really can do what you say you can do, so providing evidence will boost your chances at an interview.
Remember, if you need additional assistance with your resume you can book in for a resume check at the Student Life on your closest campus.