Many people have been forced into an unexpected job search due to the global pandemic. Whether you’re one of the millions of professionals recently laid-off or you’ve been searching for a new job for months now, you’ve likely asked about how to tackle the job search process during these uncertain times.
But, before hitting the ‘apply’ button, you need to be sure to avoid these common mistakes when writing your Australian resume, if you want to increase your chances of standing out in today’s highly competitive job market.
- Using an old and/or unprofessional email address
You want to convey a professional image on your resume. An email that reads ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ does not paint you that impression.
If you don’t one yet, it’s now the perfect time to create a professional sounding email address with your name on it.
Also, if you’re applying for a job with an old AIM, Hotmail, Yahoo or another obscure email server, you may be doing yourself a disservice.
We highly suggest using Gmail. This is particularly true if you’re applying for a tech job or one that requires you to be tech savvy where you’ll likely to use collaboration tools such as Google Apps or Microsoft for Teams.
- Indicating your full address
If you’re planning to relocate for work, you probably already know it’s ideal to leave your current address off your resume.
However, it’s becoming increasingly common for job seekers to completely remove this information regardless of their target location.
If you’re looking for a position in your current location and want Hiring Managers to know you’re a local applicant, just include your city/suburb, state, and zip code. Leave your house number and street address off to protect yourself from possible identify theft.
- Listing too many phone numbers
It’s easier to miss an important message from a potential employer if you introduce more phone numbers into the mix.
Prevent this confusion by listing a single phone number, ideally your mobile phone number.
- Providing unclickable links
This one goes back to us recognising that it is already 2020 and technology has made it super easy for us to do this. Any link that you indicate on your resume should be clickable hyperlink, not just the typed out address.
This is applicable for your email address or if you prefer to include links to your LinkedIn profile, online portfolio, or websites of your current and previous employers.
This will save the Hiring Manager’s time. It’s your responsibility to keep their interest and make their life easier during the recruitment procedure. Moreover, including your personal social media account (such as Facebook or Instagram) is one of the crucial things to avoid this 202, as this would not add professional value to the job for which you’re applying for. Although just because you leave your Facebook link off your resume doesn’t mean that potential employers won’t search for it. We recommend job seekers to keep their posts in Facebook and other social media pages PG-rated.
- Using fancy script and/or outdated font
Any font with curly-tailed ends might look nice, but it actually slows down reading comprehension.
Common fonts like Arial and Times New Roman seem like good font to use as they are easy to read, though the problem with these fonts is not in their ease of reading but in the fact that almost everyone else will have used these.
Consider using Calibri or Cambria. These fonts are not used as often as some of the other easy to read fonts. They are fairly compact allowing you to add in a few extra words onto each page. They are easier to read on monitors and also when printed.
Try to stick with just the one font on your resume. Using multiple fonts for different areas of your resume can confuse the eye and distract the reader.
- Including irrelevant (or too personal) information
It’s not required to include personal information, such as your tax file number, marital status, nationality, or religion on your Australian resume.
We also suggest removing your hobbies from your resume. Unless you’re extremely new to the workforce or your personal interests are relevant to your target job, you’re merely wasting resume real estate.
Other personal or irrelevant information you should never include on your resume are: sexual inclination, photo of yourself, age, and your GPA.
- Overdoing formatting
Use formatting strategically to draw the reader’s attention to the points that you feel are the most important.
Be conservative throughout your resume in the use of bold, italics, capitals, and other effects.
Keeping this in mind, avoid using huge blocks of text that are full of italics, bolding, and underlining. This is confusing to the eye and can have completely opposite effects to what you were trying to achieve.
Moreover, you don’t want Hiring Managers to give up on your resume because of excessive use of CAPITAL LETTERS, which make them feel they are being SHOUTED AT.
- Listing references
Don’t waste space by listing your references or including a note such as ‘References available upon request’ at the bottom of your resume.
Hiring Managers usually don’t ask for this info until you make it to a face-to-face interview. They know you’ll provide it if they request it.
Be careful though when doing this, as some job posting explicitly request your references to be stated on your resume (particularly true when applying for government jobs). In this case, be sure to include them or you may disqualified from the further process.
*This post was originally published on 12 March 2018
For more ideas on how to craft winning resumes, take a look at these samples.