Now that you’re rested, relaxed and thinking about cutting back on biscuits, it might be a good time to consider your next career move. Plenty of people talk about going to the gym in January – but does your resume need a health check too?

Modernise your CV today with these quick tips and handy tools.

Start with a professional summary – not a career objective

Instead of explaining your personal goals, use the space at the top of your CV to tell potential employers what you already have to offer. In a few sentences, highlight your core strengths, skills and recent experience to spur them to read on.

Here are some great professional summary examples for inspiration.

Add your current role and any other new skills

Naturally, you’ll need to add your latest role to the top of your experience or update it to include any new responsibilities that you’ve taken on.

If you’ve picked up any new skills be sure to add these too, for example, if you’ve recently learnt how to use a new accounting software system.

Remove your oldest job

If you’re adding a new role, remove the oldest job on your CV to ensure your experience remains fresh and relevant. This will also help you keep your resume to a maximum of two pages, which is generally the recommended length.

Pick a new font

Is your resume generally looking a bit dated? Ditch the Times New Roman and opt for a new sans serif font which is easy to read, such as Calibri or Helvetica.

Add some colour

A touch of colour on your CV will make it more vibrant and help important parts stand out. It’s also nice to break up the never-ending black and white, which, when flicking through lots of CVs, can be an eyesore. However, remember to use colour sparingly and make sure it’s consistent throughout.

Subtle ways to incorporate colour include:

  • Putting headlines or section headings in colour
  • Putting your contact information in a text box with a colourful background
  • Putting bullet points in colour

Include your LinkedIn profile details

Adding your LinkedIn profile URL to your contact details shows you’re tech-savvy and on the ball.

Optimise your resume for automated screening processes

Many companies today use software that automatically screens CVs by scanning them to see if they include specific words or phrases that match what the employer is looking for.

The trick is to ensure you use the same keywords that are highlighted in the job description in your resume. For example, if the job description says they’re looking for an ‘experienced Chartered Accountant’ make sure your professional summary includes the phrase ‘experienced Chartered Accountant’.

Read our full blog post on how to pass automated screening processes when applying for accounting and finance jobs.

Check out Canva’s beautiful free resume templates

This may take a little bit longer – but if you really want to revamp your CV you can drop your details into a free, stylish template from Canva.

You may need to fiddle around with the formatting slightly, but this is an easy way to give your resume the ultimate makeover.

Alternatively, you can download Seek’s free resume template.

Make sure you avoid these common mistakes

Typos, irregular formatting and unexplained gaps in work experience; we see them time and time again. Make sure you don’t make any of these common resume mistakes.

And don’t forget….

…to let recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities. All it takes is an email to be one step ahead. If you’re looking for accounting, finance or business support jobs in Melbourne, contact us today to see if we can help.

For personalised accounting, finance or business support recruitment advice contact us for a confidential discussion today.

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