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Rhubarb TipsQuick tips and tricks when creating your resume

How to maximise your time and avoid common resume pitfalls.

The thought of updating your resume and getting back on the job search can be anxiety inducing. So, we decided to put together some super simple tips and quick wins when creating and submitting your resume.

1. Don't save your resume as “resume.pdf”

Whenever you send off a resume you should think about it from the point of view of the recruiter receiving it and format it in a way that is going to make it as easy as possible for them to digest. This means save it as a PDF and make the title something that is really easy for them to find and share later. For instance, if your name is Joe Bloggs and you're applying to a job at Acme, make the title of your resume of Joe Bloggs Resume - Acme.pdf.

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2. Tailor, Personalise and Customise‍‍

It feels like a huge waste of time when you have another 50 applications to do, but if you tailor your resume to the job and company you're applying for, you have a far greater chance of getting an interview. You don’t have to change every little detail, but the resume itself should reflect the skills and experience that your potential employer would value.

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3. Source of Truth Resume‍‍

Even if you've worked somewhere for just a few months, it's likely that you've achieved a lot during that time. Whether you've shown you can communicate effectively, met deadlines, hit targets, or resolved conflicts, all of this is valuable juice for a potential application. For this reason, it is worth having a larger resume of all of your experiences in as much detail as possible. The more pages of details this results in, the better! From this, you can then create tailored resumes for each application with perfectly targeted points to ensure the recruiter knows exactly how you'll be a great fit for the role.

4. Keep It Simple‍

We've all received an automated rejection from a recruiter and although it is frustrating, they do this because they are so stretched and simply don't have the time to give personalised feedback. With that in mind, a resume that’s all over the place isn’t worth reading all the way through.

Do:

  • Keep the format simple and clear.
  • Be consistent in format and content.
  • Balance white space.
  • List headings in order of importance.
  • Make sure your formatting will translate properly if you converted to a PDF. Keep it to just one page (unless you're slightly later in your career).‍

Don’t:

  • Cover it in multiple colours.
  • Forget to proofread.
  • Start each line with a date.
  • Abbreviate.