Tips for writing a good resume.

  • Your resume should be well presented – well laid out, logical and sequential.
  • Stick to a basic font like Times New Roman or Arial (10 or 12 pt) to make sure it prints nicely.
  • Headings should include; summary of skills, employment history, educations/qualifications, referees and contact details. Make the headings clear. Keep the paragraphs short and well-spaced.
  • When documenting your work experience and education – list your most recent job first and go back in reverse chronological order. For jobs you want to emphasise remember to include; job title, company name, dates of employment, tasks/responsibilities and achievements. Specific examples of your achievements and how you use your skills will help a potential employer get to know you.
  • Keep it brief and to the point (no more than about 3 pages). Focus on your skills and achievements, not just your past experience and tasks you did.
  • Try to put yourself in the employers’ shoes. Look at what they might want. Make sure you advertise those skills that the employer is looking for.
  • Include the contact details of at least 2 referees (preferably 3). Make sure that you notify referees about any positions you have applied for so they are prepared to support your application. Referees should be your immediate superior at recently listed positions. Friends and family hold little credibility (even if you did work with them).
  • Use headers and/or footers to include page numbers and your full name on each page – just in case things get jumbled or lost during printing.
  • Ensure that it reads well and there are no spelling errors, typos or grammatical errors (proof read, proof read, proof read!!!)

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