Today’s guest post is courtesy of Colin Cuthbert of Ayers, an Australian firm. In it you will find a wealth of statistics and resume writing tips.
A few of these are a little different here in the US, namely that recruiters may spend as little as 3 to 5 seconds on your resume before making a decision about your candidacy and that US resumes do not need to be restricted to a single page. Short resumes still rule, though, and it’s rare that a 3-pager is advantageous these days, even if you’re a senior executive with 30 or more years of experience.
Colin introduces his firm’s infographic below:
“Ever since the global financial crisis of 2008, unemployment levels have grown in even the world’s largest economies, leading to a highly competitive jobs market for anyone trying to find work. Every day, employers are inundated with résumés from applicants, and sifting through all of these is a time-consuming process. That is why it is crucial for any job applicant to have their résumé word perfect and watertight so that their application will be noticed and make an employer stop in their tracks rather than simply tossing it aside, as they would with the majority of résumés.
Ayers, an Australian payroll and contractor management company, created this infographic on the importance of eradicating basic mistakes when writing a résumé. This may seem like common sense, but it is a shockingly regular occurrence, and one that will instantly prompt an employer to reject an application. Common mistakes that happen time and again include grammatical errors, the use of meaningless clichés, overly artistic borders and, a newer phenomenon, the appearance of emojis. Yes, this does happen. Remember, you are applying for a job, not texting your friends. Save the emojis for then. Also, don’t waste the employer’s time by making empty statements such as “I can work independently” and “I’m a good communicator”. These are prerequisites for any job and won’t distinguish you, unless you can provide tangible examples to back up these claims.
Résumé writing can be a tricky task, and it’s not one that you want to continually get wrong, but by taking the time to sensibly map out what you have done to deserve the job and what you can offer, there’s a strong chance that you’ll be streets ahead of countless other applicants who throw résumés at an employer without a second’s thought and expect the job to fall into their lap. In this environment, you have to earn your way into employment, and the first big step towards that goal is to ensure that your résumé is so flawless that it demands an employer’s attention.”