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Resume Tips

Resume WritingYou will hear many opinions from many sources in regard to the presentation of your Resume.  As recruiters we see hundreds of Resumes every week and know what we like to see and what our clients like to see, so here are a few tips!

Keep it Brief
Your resume is a tool to get an employer to choose to call you.  Include enough relevant information to get them to call and find out more.  General rules to follow;

  • Keep it to around 4 pages
  • Detailed but brief and relevant information
  • Have your name and contact details on every page (as a footer) in case the pages become separated

Contact details
Include your name, address, home phone, mobile, email address.  If you do not have message bank at home or on your mobile, it may be a good time to invest in this service as a missed call could be a missed opportunity.  Providing your contact details on your Resume is important as many employers print the resume rather than the accompanying email and then have no way of contacting you .  Also ensure your email address is appropriate for a work related setting eg: may be more appropriate than from an employer's perspective!

If you are going to state your objective on your resume ensure it is in line with the type of work for which you are applying.  If appropriate change your objective to suit each position you are applying for.  

Employment History
List your past experience in chronological order starting with your most recent experience first.  Your most recent experience will be most relevant to the person reading your resume.  Include the following;

  • Start and finish dates (Month and Year)
  • You can include a small amount of information about the industry and size of the organisation 
  • Your position title
  • Your duties - describe the role and duties and bullet points are preferred as it is easier to read
  • Include any special projects or achievements within the role
  • If you were promoted, describe the roles separately and define the timeframe for each role
  • Reasons for Leaving - This is optional, however it can eliminate any questions a potential employer has as to your motivations for leaving positions prior to attending interview.

Education and relevant qualifications
It is useful to include the following information but exclude irrelevant and unrelated qualifications;

  • Qualification
  • Institution where the course was completed
  • Start and finish dates of the course (Month and Year)
  • Major subject area covered

Some people do include referee details on their resume and it is a personal choice.  If you do not wish your referees to be contacted prior to you attending then do not list them on your Resume and state "References can be supplied upon request."  Have a list of referees typed and ready to provide to the employer at interview.

Keep the details of the jobs you have applied for and follow up by phone a few days after you have put your resume forward.  This is surprisingly effective and shows you are interested in the job.

For more tips on creating a "Killer Resume that will Land you Job" click here.