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Looking For A Job? A Resume’s The First Impression They’ll Have Of You, So You Need To Make It Count

If you’re currently looking for a job, your most important asset in promoting yourself to potential recruiters and hirers is your resume. It’s a part of the first impression that you are making on your potential employer, and you want to be certain that it will leave a great impression at that.

There are no hard and fast rules around what makes a good resume – but there are tried and true tricks of the trade that are sure to make your application stand out.

For a modern resume, don’t feel restrained by the thought of keeping it to one page. In saying that, don’t overstretch the information that you have to fill out copious pages. The length of your resume should be guided by how much valuable information you have to offer.

Relevant skills and experience that might be of assistance to the position you are applying for are always welcome information to pad out your resume. A good rule of thumb to adhere to resumes is anywhere between two to three pages is acceptable for length.

However, that does not mean that you should neglect your first page. The first half page is what catches the eye of the reader, so you want to ensure that your narrative is appropriately conveyed and without mistakes.

Use words that align yourself and your skills with the role that you’re applying for, and take the tone and language from the application. A simple trick that you can apply to personalise your resume and tailor it to the role is to have a separate list of the key skills or attributes you possess and then implant the most relevant ones into the resume.

Here are 5 of the best ways to revamp your resume and turn it from the paper stack to a potential job getter:

1. Recommendations are always a great way for employers to ascertain your suitability for the position as they provide a third party’s experience of how you work. Get a Linkedin recommendation, and embed it into your resume as a hyperlink.

2. Have a go at nailing the bones of a primary introduction, and use words specific to the types of roles you’re applying for to communicate your message.

3. Focus on your 2-3 most recent roles, and use a hierarchical approach to presenting the information. List the key achievements first, and contextualise them with a summary to close.

4. Opt for a simple, clean and to-the-point design for your resume that matches the message conveyed in the resume. If design or visual communication is a critical aspect of the role, a supporting portfolio might be more appropriate.

5. Succinct information that focuses on only including the recent and relevant experience for this particular job will help situate you as a candidate targeting this role.

If you’re someone who often finds it difficult to make large lump sum payments for goods or services, you may want to consider looking into “Buy Now Pay Later” services.

Buy now pay later essentially means that, rather than paying in a full lump sum payment for a product or services rendered, there may be an option to pay through instalments of a certain amount over a set period to make the sum of the full amount in total. This method should allow you to pay in full for the product or service without overly straining your finances – you pay back what you can, as agreed upon when you begin the buy now pay later service.

Some popular buy now pay later services include Afterpay, Zip Pay, Brightepay, and some credit card networks such as  Mastercard and Visa, can offer buy now pay later arrangements.

Though it can be a convenient, immediate solution, it may be challenging to juggle the necessary repayments with other financial commitments. It’s not always the most appropriate method for people, and you should bear in mind your situation and ability in paying back the amounts. 

Before you sign up, keep in mind: 

  • It becomes easier to overspend with buy now pay later services, so know your limits on what you can and can’t afford.
  • You will be charged fees and costs to use the service, which can add up to a princely sum in and of itself.
  • Keeping track of your payments can be tricky if you’ve signed up for multiple services.
  • It could affect your loan applications for a car or mortgage as lenders consider buy now pay later spending just as much as your credit score.
  • Late repayments can appear on your credit report, which affects your ability to borrow money in the future.
  • Layby can be a cheaper alternative to buy now pay later, with no account-keeping or late fees to consider

If you are someone who could make use of BNPL services, you may wish to:

  • Ensure that when using the BNPL service, you stick to a set limit on what you spend so that you can comfortably pay it back later. 
  • Aim only to have one BNPL account at a time to manage payments through, rather than confuse yourself with multiple payments across different providers.
  • Always budget for bills, loan payments and BNPL payments, and 
  • Rather than use your credit card for payments to your BNPL account, consider linking to your debit account instead.

If you would like assistance in planning your financial future, help in managing your budget or some friendly advice, see us for a chat about what we can do for you.

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