The employment market is a very competitive one. Your resume has to stand out in order to create a favourable impression with a decision maker.
So to ensure that your resume is working to give you the best opportunity of a face to face interview it is essential that your resume provides accurate and concise information in a format that is easy to read, and from which the relevant details can be accessed quickly. The resume must be well laid out and thoroughly checked for spelling and grammatical errors.
Resume preparation tips
- Provide your full name, telephone number and email address (Be cautious about work telephone numbers).
- Try to keep your resume to 2 pages.
- Put your name on each page.
- Leave out personal information such as, hobbies, details about marital status, children, etc. But include information about your awards and achievements.
- Education – List degrees, relevant training courses, honours or scholarships or study in order of completion.
- List other areas of competencies such as computer software used, languages spoken, licenses held, professional memberships.
- Work History – Start with your most recent position first, document your work history accurately, record start and finish dates. Ensure that the reader is not confused by overlapping dates.
- Provide position title and detail your daily activity. Place the most relevant details first.
- If the position was a short term, or one with no relevance to the position you’re applying for, record limited information.
- Do not use abbreviations.
- Maintain the same formatting throughout the entire resume. This improves ease of reading, as well as making it easier for the reader to find all relevant information.