Recently we have been working with a number of people who have asked us to look at their resumes. Now resumes make up an important part of your personal brand, one that is usually the first one that a potential employer will see, espe
cially if you are actively in the job market. As an engineer, usually personal branding doesn’t come easy but the market is still tight and in most cases you will need to make yourself as polished as possible. So here are my top 5 tips to spruce up your resume and help you get noticed in the job market.
1. A clear concise resume
Concise doesn’t mean 2 pages; unless you are a recent graduate you will need around 4 pages. The first page needs to grab the reader’s attention, think about who you are applying to and why, what problems are they trying to solve and how can you help.
2. Be specific and talk about you
No-one can explain your experience like you can. Your resume is your chance to shine, your chance to show off, but use specific examples of what you did, what you achieved and what skills you bring. Don’t use generic statements that anyone could have written.
3. Keep your contact details clear and on the first page if not all pages
There is nothing worse than going to contact someone and you can’t find their details or you have to trawl through the applications or emails. If you’re a maybe candidate this small thing could turn you into a no.
4. Emphasise Key Skills
Take note of the positions you are applying for and tailor these accordingly, if a job advert says it requires Solidworks, get that front and centre on your resume, then support that with complimentary skills. A lot of companies now utilise key word recognition software, so make sure your resume is full of the keywords that the advert is using.
5. Fill in the gaps
Whilst large periods of unemployment never look great on your resume, taking the time to explain them will save any potential employer the time to ask further information, which in reality many won’t bother to do, again potentially taking you from a maybe to a no.
If you would like help developing or improving your resume or/and personal brand contact us now on 07 3085 4300 or email email@example.com