Resume Writing

resumeA resume should be used as your personal marketing tool, targeted at a prospective employer. It is important to note that there are no hard-and-fast rules for creating one, but the most effective applications generally come from candidates that have tailored their resume to a specific role.

Presentation

Think about what skills and qualities an employer would like to see and then organize and present this information so that it can easily be recognized and extracted.

  • Try to make sure your resume does not exceed 3 pages in length.
  • Use bullet points wherever possible and bold headings.
  • Avoid using a typeface below 10pt in size.
  • Be consistent in how you organize information.

Personal Profile

Beyond providing key personal information such as name, address, email and telephone numbers, a personal profile gives you the opportunity to briefly summarize your key attributes. This should be a short paragraph that describes;

  • The industry sectors that you have worked in throughout your career;
  • Notable projects which you have worked on;
  • The key skills you would bring to a new employer;
  • Your future career plan.

Career History

Often, employers are most interested in a candidate’s previous employment and any experience they may have gained throughout their career.

  • Positions should be listed in reverse chronological order and should include dates of employment, company names and job titles.
  • If it’s not immediately obvious what sector a previous employer worked within, give a short description of the company.
  • Provide a brief description of your responsibilities in each role, making sure to detail any transferable skills you gained and notable achievements you may have had.
  • Never leave gaps – if you have taken a year out or were working on an interim assignment then make sure it is clear.

Qualifications

In this section, you should detail any major educational achievements you have had, including degrees and higher education.

  • Don’t assume employers will know about your qualification – offer a short description of what a course entailed if you think it’s necessary.
  • List your education and qualifications in reverse chronological order.

Skills, Training and Memberships

  • List any memberships that you have with professional bodies.
  • Include further training you have gained that may be pertinent to the role you are applying for.

References

  • It is common practice to provide the contact details for at least two referees.
  • Try to select referees who are appropriate to the job you are applying for.