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Resume Tips

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A good resume is paramount in your job search success. Take time and care in its preparation. Remember- it is the first contact you will have with your potential employer and is the first stepping stone (or stumbling block) to landing your dream job.

Here are our top tips for your resume writing. If you need help don't be afraid to ask.

Your details

  • Have your name as the heading at the top with contact details easy to read
  • Include mobile and land line numbers and make sure you have credit while you are looking for work (employers will not ring back if they can't leave a message for you)
  • Make sure your email address is professional or neutral.

The Content

  • Have an objective statement
  • If you have little professional history put your personal skills and qualities near the top
  • Next add your work history (if you have some)
  • List your positions in reverse chronological order (the most recent first)
  • Include your key duties or responsibilities and put these in order of importance
  • Follow with your education also in reverse chronological order
  • Include only the certificates that are relevant to the position you are applying for
  • Include your references at the bottom. Make sure you have 2 professional and one personal (as a character reference). Make sure you ask them first and make sure that your references match up with your job history
  • Keep personal details to a minimum – e.g. you do not need to give your birth date. Ditto for personal interests and hobbies unless they are relevant to the position
  • Keep it honest but feel free to elaborate.

The look and feel

  • Be creative but sensible. You want your resume to be easy to read. Pick one heading font and one body font and stick to them (your body font should be clear and easy to read such as arial or calibri)
  • Use bullet points and headings to give variety to the eye
  • Keep the length to 2 - 3 pages maximum. If you are specialized you can create a CV which can be much longer
  • Pass it by someone first to check for spelling or punctuation errors - VIP

Good luck and have fun.

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