The best piece of advice I’ve ever received regarding a resume is, ‘consider your resume like your passport, it is your pass to getting that job you’re seeking.’ This advice was given to me by Quay Appointments Operations Manager, Philip Divilly. You would want your resume to be a reflection of yourself and to be noticed. After all, it is your one pass to securing that dream job!
Begin your resume with your name, email address and a contact number. You can provide an address as an indication of your location, although this is optional. Make sure that if you do provide an address, it is a permanent one.
This is your time to shine. Your opening statement will indicate to the employer your goals, values and whether they could support you on your journey and vice versa. Think about what motivates you, what you would like to achieve and how your experience relates to the position you are applying for.
This could be a crucial component of your resume, depending on what you choose to outline. Listing your strengths could demonstrate your ability as an employee. Alternatively, if an employer is looking for experience with a specific program, it could assist them in determining your skills relevant to their requirements.
List your education with the most recent first. State the qualification obtained, followed by institution and date of completion. You should tailor the education section of your resume to fit your current circumstances, including whether or not you are still a student, your work experience, and how many academic achievements you have. By including the right information in the education section of your resume, you can impress your employer and secure an interview!
Similar to your education, structure your employment history with your most recent experience first. Include the company name, dates of employment and position held. Briefly outline the responsibilities you held in that position. (You can always elaborate on this at the interview!) Don’t forget to include any key achievements made during your employment.
Before you put anyone down as your reference, make sure you have their permission to do so. List two references and include their name, position held, company and contact number. Alternatively, you could opt to include “references available upon request”.