Your resume is one of the most important tools for applying for jobs. Taking the time to write a detailed summary of your work experience, education and skills gives the potential employer the information they need to proceed to the interview stage.
A resume gives you the opportunity to show prospective employers that you have the skills to meet the job and organisations requirements, the right qualifications and the right experience.
Use the below tips as a guide when putting together your resume.
- Ensure your name and personal details are on each page. Include a header or footer to ensure your resume is easily identifiable from others. Include page numbers.
- Keep it concise and to the point.
- Format your resume in a simple format using basic fonts and layout.
- Keep paragraphs short, use dot points and headings.
- Outline your skills and accomplishments.
- List your formal qualifications, relevant professional development, volunteer work and skills and abilities.
- Check your resume for spelling and grammar.
- Get someone else to check over your resume.
- Contact your referees. Check they are happy to be your referee and let them know about the roles you are applying for.
- Keep your resume between 1-4 pages. This may differ depending on the nature of the position you are applying for.
Explore the attached examples as a starting point.