Tips for making your application stand out
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Tips for making your application stand out

Macquarie receives thousands of resumes from students across the United States each year. Our recruiting team reads and screens each and every one of them, a large undertaking. To learn what separates the outstanding resumes from the pack, we sat down with Jenson, a campus recruiter at Macquarie, to learn his top tips on what he looks for and what makes a resume really pop.

1. Content is key

The first thing that I look for is content. Is the cover letter tailored to Macquarie? A cut and paste from another application is very obvious and isn’t enough to make you stand out. I also look for a bit of personality in the cover letter. There is a definitive "Macquarie Mindset" and I want to see if you have it. While proper formatting is essential, focus on what you are saying over the design.

2. Add the extras

I want to know more about you, so make sure you include your extracurricular activities, awards, achievements, hobbies and interests in your resume. These help us to get a better understanding of who you are, in addition to the technical information such as your education and work experience. We know you are just starting out in your career and your work experience may not include too much, but tell us about everything else that's been keeping you busy. At Macquarie, our staff are instinctively entrepreneurial, so we look for people who seek opportunities and explore their passions. Extras are a great way to bring that across.

3. Why do you want to work here?

Why do you want to work at Macquarie? Why do you want to work in the particular team or role that you’ve applied for? Including answers to these questions in your cover letter helps me to understand more about you. It also helps me to determine if I think you’ve chosen the right role and team to apply for. If not, I might be able to see if there is a better match between you and a different business group.

4. Think about your public profile

Most employers will check online to see what they can find out about you, so make sure your social media profiles are something you can be proud of. If you have a LinkedIn profile, you can include a link to this in your resume.

5. Triple check for errors

It seems like a really obvious one, but so many people make simple spelling and grammatical errors on their resumes or cover letters. Triple check and read them out loud, or, better yet, give the resume or cover letter to a friend or family member to review.

6. Don’t leave it to the last minute

Make sure you submit your application before the due date and ensure you include all of the relevant documents. We can’t accept late or incomplete applications.

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