A résumé is primarily used in the United States, Canada and Australia. Taking a rather more direct approach than the Curriculum Vitae, the résumé aims to be shorter and you will often see an application of just one page. There are exceptions however, and some employers don’t mind seeing two page résumés when the job seeker has an extensive list of relevant work history and/or outstanding achievements.
Unlike the CV, a résumé will be more concise and may utilise bullet points to list the more relevant pieces of information the employer will be interested in. Everything on a résumé should aim to be relevant and focused upon what the employer has requested on their job advert. With only one page to complete, your résumé will need to be smart with the way in which your achievements and skills are presented.
Include both soft and hard skills on your résumé to show the employer that you have the specific skills for the role, and the day to day personal attributes expected to be an effective employee. Take note of what the employer is looking for, so your skills section can adequately tick all the boxes.
Matching the keywords from the job advert is an essential part of writing a résumé. Some employers use special software to short list the right candidates – especially when so many applications are received. Using the right keywords should allow you to pass through the software and be presented to the hiring manager for a proper review.
Align your résumé with the job description to make the hiring manager’s job as easy as possible. The employer shouldn’t have to read between the lines to figure out that you are the right person for the job. Your commercial awareness, skills, qualifications and experience should aim to align as much as possible with the role to stand a good chance of getting an interview.