Right, so you are unemployed and need to find another job quickly. This isn’t as easy as it sounds as there are many in the same situation as you and not enough jobs to go round. This is where having a great resume will make you stand out from the rest. Follow a few basic simple rules when creating your resume and it will soon get you noticed and getting those interviews.

Firstly, let’s look at your experience. Normally, if you wanted to change from one company to another within your sector, then your resume would be ideally written listing all your experience in the current role. However, in this hard pressed job market, you may need to look at different sectors. And most prospective employers don’t have time to read through each and every resume and also the experience sections to see if you would fit in the advertised role. So now is the time to completely revamp your resume and get it eye-catching and onto the interview pile. Make your resume skills-based so that it is easy to see at a glance what experience you have. Put it in to sections that will group all the relevant experience together. So for example, have a customer service section, and then list all the previous experience you have in that field. Do these will bullet points. Do the same for other experience sectors- management or project management- with bullet points for each grouping.

As mentioned, most companies will ask someone to read through the resumes first. The longer the resume the more chance of hitting the reject pile. The person reading the resumes first isn’t always going to be the one hiring, but you need to get past this first hurdle. A clear, concise and error-free resume regarding spelling and grammar will stand out. Also, make sure you print a copy off each time you wish to mail one as a photocopy will show up to the employer as laziness. If the resume is long winded, it may indicate to the company that you are too detailed. Too long winded yourself maybe, so will be put on the reject pile. Remember the first people who read it are not looking for a reason to keep yours but to put it in the “No” pile.

At the top of your resume should always be your contact information as missing this vital piece of information out means, even if you were to hit the keep pile, how would they get in touch? This should just be basic, your name, your contact address, a telephone number and email address. Following this should be the position with the company you are applying for, and even though your resume is generic enough to use for multiple applications, always ensure you state on it the position you wish to be considered for. This will help the company as it is very unlikely they are just offering one position. If you are applying for a specific role, rather than just speculative with a more generic resume, ensure you tailor it for the role highlighting the relevant experience you have based on the advertisement and job specification.

None of this can guarantee you a job or an interview, but these basic and simple steps should guarantee your resume is liked by employers and kept on file for future reference.