Resume Templates

The 7 Steps to writing a great resume: There are a large number of sites and resources available to help you write a great resume for general consumption but we work in the media space, and there are some specific considerations that will help you rise to the top of the pile

Respect Resume Template

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Free CV template to download with important points to remember.

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There are a large number of sites and resources available to help you write a great resume for general consumption but we work in the media space, and there are some specific considerations that will help you rise to the top of the pile:

Step One - Have an Online Portfolio that zings

Have a great online portfolio of your work! We cannot stress this enough. We are finding that, more and more, clients are looking at a portfolio first to gauge talent. After all – talent is what it's all about! If you worked as part of a team on producing the work displayed make sure you describe accurately the level of your involvement to give the client a good picture of what you can do.

Step Two - Most Recent history at the top

Make sure your resume is reverse chronological, I.e. outlining the most recent work first, then stepping back through your career. This means that your most recent accomplishments are on display.

Step Three - Remember, your resume will be read on the screen first

Make your resume easily scanable on a screen. Few potential employers are printing resumes when they get them these days – generally your resume will be reviewed on a screen before someone makes a decision to interview you or not. Make sure the readability of your resume is optimised for screen viewing. This generally means at least 12 points, and a strong, smooth font with limited serifs (we recommend Arial).

Step Four - Simplicity is the best (Tables are evil)

Simplify formatting for your recruitment agent. Most agencies paste your original resume into a pre-build introduction template – a process made painful and time consuming by the inclusion of fancy tables, or text as graphics. Also remember that your agency will need to be able to remove your personal and contact details when they submit your resume to the client so limit locked formatting pdf files. This may seem like you are saving work for your recruiter but imagine if you missed out on a great job simply because your agent missed a deadline because it took two hours to format your resume.

Step Five - Attention to details, Don't let a typo see your resume in the bin

Make sure your resume is spelling and grammar checked. Nothing discredits you more than spelling words incorrectly – remember a big consideration for many employers is your attention to detail and professionalism....and they only have your resume to gauge this.

Step Six - Five by Five

Remember Five by Five – your resume should detail the last five years of your career and, ideally, should not extend past five pages.

Step Seven - Put a sample in your resume

Don't just provide a chronology! You have probably all read the financial services disclaimer "past results are no indication of future performance". That is what it is like in the job market – simply listing titles, locations and responsibilities give a client no indication of how you approach problems, and your history in solving them. It's really important that your resume showcases your ability to add value and solve problems. Smart companies are not just hiring a job history – they are hiring someone who will join and make their life easier. If you can communicate this in your resume you will stand head and shoulders above those who have resumes require thinking and analysis to determine if the applicant can actually do the job.


Additional Guides

Writing a Resume that gets you Job Offers

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An Article on your powerful resume from www.asktheheadhunter.com a leading career management resource

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How to Create a Successful Resume

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A well-structured resume engages the reader and presents your work history in a logical and sequential order. A recruiter needs to gain a good understanding of where you worked, for how long, what was happening in each of your roles, and what skills, knowledge and experience you acquired along the way. Written by Amanda McCarthy – MyCareer

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