RESUME WRITING TIPS
Your resume is your first opportunity to present yourself to a person who will potentially employ you. A recruiter usually spends 60 seconds on an initial review of a resume. You resume MUST stand out from other applications!
- Write what the employer wants to hear (Tailor your resume/application letter to the job description in the ad).
- Focus on points that support your job objective.
- Focus on your strengths and achievements.
- Prioritise the information – list the most significant information first.
- Make it easy to read. Use bullets, white space and short sentences.
- Absolutely no spelling errors!
- List experience starting from most current employment.
- Do not provide references until they are requested (Someone may call your referee without your permission).
- Do not include a photograph of yourself in the resume.
- You are not required to disclose your age, marital status or health.
- Save your resume in a Word document.
- Do not use personal pronouns (I or we).
- It is not necessary to keep the resume to 2 pages, however it should be of sensible length (eg. 8 pages)
- Ask someone to comment on your resume.
- Make the suggested changes only if you are 100% certain they will improve your resume!
In order for your resume to stand out, it doesn’t need to be colourful or very complicated. A resume that is clear, easy to read and highlights details of your career that are relevant to the job you are applying for will catch the recruiter’s eye and will ensure that your application will get more attention than the initial review.
We have included a template of a resume that you can use to guide you through the process of building a resume.
- Name (Include title, eg. Mr or Ms)
- Home telephone number
- Mobile telephone number
- e-mail address
- Residency status
What position are you looking for; type of company; skills you want to utilise; what you want to achieve
(eg. Position in rapidly growing Software Development company, which would best utilise my experience as a Software Developer and Project Manager.)
- College/University (graduate and postgraduate)
- Certifications and training courses
||Years of experience
3 ½ years
List of skills, eg:
- Operating Systems: list
- Programming Languages: list
- Databases: list
SPECIFIC INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE:
- Table or list (Eg. Airline, Insurance, Telecommunications, etc)
- Company name, Where located
- Start Date – End Date (Month/Year)
- Position Title
- Company overview (Optional)
- Project Overview (Deliverables of the project)
- Point form;
- List ALL you responsibilities and duties, prioritising to have the most relevant to the job you are applying for at the top.
- Languages spoken;
- Drivers licence;
References will be provided upon request.