Applying for jobs can be a long and difficult process. Here are a few ways to help make a good first impression and increase your chances of getting an interview.

  • Tailor your resume to what is in the job ad – Highlight the skills you have that match up with the requirements listed in the job ad. Recruiters can receive hundreds of applications so tailoring your resume means that you will stand out with a quick scan of your resume.

  • Keep it short – Focus more on your current or most recent roles and not on your past positions. Try not to have more than 3 pages for your resume.

  • Cover letter -This is where you will have the opportunity to add more information and express your interest in the role. Use your cover letter to let them know how you would be a good fit for this position.

  • Remove information that is not relevant – Include your name, contact number, email address and a suburb or postcode instead of your full address. And there is no need to include your age or a photo. Only include hobbies if they are relevant to the role.

  • Unless it specifies that you must list references, supply references only upon request. As this will be done at the end of the recruitment process then you won’t have to provide details until after an interview. This gives you an opportunity to contact your references and prepare them that they may receive a call so they can be prepared.

  • Make sure it is easy to read -Make it easy to read and use paragraphs and bullet points. Use a spell check to make sure there are no errors. Also have someone else read over it to double check it.

  • Be professional – Check your email. Do not use an email from your younger years that may be inappropriate.

  • Follow Instructions -Always follow the employer’s instructions and application process. If they are you to email your resume directly then do so. If they ask you to address the key selection criteria and you do not, they will not even look at your resume. Read the application carefully before you apply!!