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May 16, 2016
Top 10 Tips To Refresh Your Resume Before Summer

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Article: Refresh Your Resume Before Summer

Top 10 Tips To Refresh Your Resume Before Summer

Richard Green, Director of NGO Recruitment


Tip 1: Keep the formatting simple

Graphics and fancy fonts can throw off the formatting when it gets through to the employer. By keeping the text and layout in Microsoft Word format you can guarantee that there will be no obstacles to viewing your document on the other end.

Tip 2: Ditch the photograph

Photographs are not required on resumes in the United States, in fact they generally do you a disservice. Passport photos are rarely flattering, and recruiters are not dating services so the air brushed look won't benefit your application.

Tip 3: Include all relevant experience

It's always a good idea to have a "control" copy of your resume that includes all of your experience even if it's from a long time ago. From there you can create shorter versions if requested by a recruitment process. Always tailor your cover letter, resume and criteria to the role you're applying for.

Tip 4: Exclude irrelevant information

Under law employers cannot discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion or marital status so you really don't need to provide this information.

Tip 5: Avoid acronyms and abbreviations

Commonly used acronyms in your current position, company or industry might have a completely different meaning in another environment or could even mean nothing at all. To ensure the reader of your resume understands everything, use full words.

Tip 6: Check and double check your dates

If there is a gap in your employment history explain it. If you were studying, traveling or looking after family then say so. Otherwise an employer might be suspicious that you have something to hide.

Tip 7: Ensure that your contact details are correct - and be contactable

Double check that the phone number and email address you provide are correct, and ensure your phone will take a message if you are not available to take the call. Voice to text is a bad idea. Also, keep your email address professional.

Tip 8: Be accurate - your resume should be "current"

Ensure you send your application with the most up to date resume you have. If you have finished the last job listed in your resume specify an end date. Ensure previous jobs you were in several years ago do not say "current". This is especially important if you are applying for a contract role as the recruiter or employer may need to know if you are immediately available.

Tip 9: Address your cover letter

If you are going to include a cover letter with your resume then be sure to address it to the person specified in the advertisement, where possible, as they will be the person reading it. Don't send a generic cover letter with "To Whom It May Concern". Save the cover letter with your resume as one document. When you attach them as separate documents, as some websites encourage you to do, the cover letter is attached to a separate file and may not get read.

Tip 10: Transitioning from the corporate sector?

Include any volunteering or personal fundraising achievements you have. This shows that you have a genuine interest in the sector and sets your resume apart from others looking to make the same move!


Richard Green is the Director of NGO Recruitment - a specialist recruitment service provider which delivers non-government organizations with Board Members, CEOs, Fundraising, Marketing, Operational, Finance and Administration staff.