Résumé that gets the interview

The purpose of a résumé is to get an interview. Typically, it accounts for ~10% of the hiring decision. But if you’re not in, you can’t win. Often, you are screened in or out by somebody other than the final decision-maker. So, here is an evidence-based summary of what works:

Easy to read – no gimmicks,

  • plenty of white space, 2 pages
  • organised: line spacing right, company names in bold, job details arranged in bullet points, no typos
  • font simple and easy to read
  • contains relevant “key words”
  • name and contact information clear

Tells a story of career journey

  • summary bio that is targeted for the job and organisation & stimulates questions that you want to answer in an interview
  • no information gaps
  • chronological work history with the most recent position first
  • progression of more senior roles with greater scope and span of responsibilities

No cliché claims

  • no generic claims such as “creative”, “team player”
  • instead use active verbs such as “designed and developed”, “presented at xxx events”

Résumé came through a recommendation

  • always go out of your way to get a warm introduction
  • do some research and network

Getting your CV or résumé right, whether it is completing a standard form or designing your own framework, is a skill and an art. I can help.

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