There is no point worrying about a personality assessment or a recruitment test before you have even submitted your resume! Once you have submitted the perfect resume however, then you can start researching these assessments, giving yourself plenty of time to practice and build your confidence.
When you create your resume, you want to impress the recruiters and catch their attention. The best way to do this is to think of your resume as a marketing tool with the express aim of achieving an interview. Of course, before the actual interview you will most probably need to take a personality assessment or a recruitment test, but by that time, you will already have thoroughly researched these tests, won’t you?
So first things, first! Follow these 5 steps to create the perfect resume.
- Customise your resume: Don’t just send the same resume to each recruiter, the perfect resumes are always tailored to each employer and each role. So research the company and scour the job ad to identify all the relevant keywords they are using (use these in your resume) that define the type of person they want for the role. You will then need to hone your resume to show that you are that person and then start studying for your personality assessment or recruitment test.
- Start with a skills summary: If you don’t catch the recruiter’s attention right away it’s unlikely they will read to the bottom of the page. So start with a quick summary of your skills, right at the top of the page, letting the recruiter know immediately that you have the skills for the job.
- Forget what you want: Recruiters today aren’t as concerned about what you want in a role, they are more concerned with what they want! So don’t bother including a personal objective statement, instead spend your time highlighting your accomplishments, giving specific examples where necessary.
- Order your timeline: Start with your most recent jobs and accomplishments and work backwards. This gives the recruiter a clear progression of your career, making it much easier to skim and assimilate your resume.
- One page resumes: It’s always best to limit your resume to one page, unless you are applying for a very senior role where you might need the additional space.
With these five tips, you should be able to create a winning resume and then start preparing for sitting a personality assessment or a recruitment test.
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