How To Write The Ultimate Resume
A Resume usually goes one of two ways; either it's super ~basic~ and you bore your potential employer or it's wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too detailed and the information overload makes them spontaneously combust (not literally, but you catch my drift).
Luckily, we've simplified the process for you to get the best results as well as debunk some FAQs and simple aesthetic choices that could be make or break to a recruiter.
Do I need a Cover Letter?
ALWAYS. Every. Single. Time. Ok?
Now that's clear, we'll give you the never-fail structure for the perfect Cover Letter.
Keep it to one page and no more than four paragraphs, but most importantly, don't just regurgitate your resume on to a separate page or use the same wording for multiple jobs.
Instead, personalise your Cover Letter to give your potential employer a sense of who you are - this will help you stand out. A great way of doing this is explaining how YOU and can help THEM.
Obviously a new job would benefit the person applying, but how can you be an asset to the brand you hope to join? This passion for the brand will demonstrate you're a team player and in it for the long haul, not just using a business as a stepping stone.
Photo or no photo?
There are two schools of thought on this:
The first is of the belief a photo is unnecessary and can play into a recruiter's unconscious biases (just as you should never include your age or date of birth to avoid age discrimination).
The second is a photo gives a face to a resume that could potentially blend in with other candidates.
At the end of the day it is completely up to you; but if you do, keep it professional, straight-to-camera and not as a the focus of your application.
How do I structure my resume in order of importance?
A resume is ideally two pages in length and three pages maximum.
In order from top to bottom begin with your name (duh) followed by:
- Career Objective: where you see your career going (make it relevant to the job you are applying for.)
- 1-2 Sentences describing who you are: E.g. "I am a Media & Communications graduate with experience across digital platforms, social media and marketing from a number of leading entertainment brands." Keep it short, snappy and only include relevant experience.
- Experience: Often young people will lead with their education (after all we spent 15 years studying, right?) but relevant experience should always be number one. E.g. Previous/current employment or internships. You may also wish to include a skills summary.
- Education: Include your highest level of education and any relevant highlights from your studies that specifically speak to the job that you're applying for.
- Hobbies/Interests: Don't go overboard, but expressing a sport or extra-curricular activity that your passionate about might strike a chord with your employer. They also might bring it up in your interview as a talking point.
- References: You can either write "Upon Request" or list two relevant references. This could include a previous employer, media mentor or general character reference.
Finished with your Resume? Move on to the Interview!
If you need to still build up some Experience, go back a step.
Or if you still need help choosing which media sector to apply for jobs, take our quiz!