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Get your foot in the door with your Resume

An impressive resume is one of the easiest ways to fast track your way to an interview and its importance is often underestimated.

Remember this is your personal marketing document – a professional resume that clearly outlines your experience and points of difference ensures you will stand out from the crowd.

Tailoring your resume to the specific role and industry wherever possible is a great way of demonstrating that you are the best person for the job. Remember a resume should be like a good website: have clear headings, be intuitive, simple to follow and not too text heavy.

General Layout:

• Use a professional font in a moderate size (e.g. Arial or Times New Roman, 10-12).
• Using spell and grammar check reflects your attention to detail, which is particularly important for research and analytical positions.
• Send your resume in Microsoft word format with your name as the file name e.g. Smith, Sally.
• Avoid fancy formatting including tables or saving as pdf files.

Front page:

• List your full name, residential & email address, mobile & landline
• Include a positioning statement and career next step objective in a headlining paragraph: I am a Xxxx professional with Xx years experience in Xxxx ….. I am looking for an Xxxx role with Xxxx etc.
• Bullet-point your key skills and competencies.
• Include your Education summary on this page

Employment History:

• List your job title and company name along with the dates worked from most to least recent.
• A descriptive, but concise list of past/current job responsibilities and key achievements, using industry terminology and highlight why you would suit the current position. e.g. if you are a Qualitative or Quantitative Researcher list specific techniques you used in that area.

It is also useful for researchers / insights professionals and analysts to specify which industry sectors they have worked in (for example FMCG, services, financial, media etc).

Software:

Software expertise is considered an advantageous competency. This is critical for analysts where experience in various software and database packages is the currency of the industry.

Other Skills, Professional Memberships, Activities, Interests, Sports & Languages:

• List any software that you've used, along with your proficiency or level of experience e.g. SPSS, Excel and PowerPoint.
• Listing professional memberships emphasise your interest and commitment to furthering your career e.g. ESOMAR or AMRS memberships.
• List all languages and their proficiency (written and spoken) – particularly if you are looking for an overseas role.
• Specify any hobbies and community groups you are involved with - especially if they involve leadership (this indicates commitment and the ability to handle responsibility.)
• Listing team sports you participate in is a good way of showing you are active and a team player.
• Listing your interests can give your potential employer an insight into your personality.

Referees:

• You do not have to list the contact details of your referees on your resume; however it is a good idea to have them ready by the time you are at interview stage, so that things can progress quickly.

It is always best to contact your referees and let them know that you are using them and to expect a phone call from us.

Try using our Find Your Niche Resume Template