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.
To ensure that your resume is working to give you the best opportunity of a face to face interview, it is essential that it provides accurate and concise information in a format that is easy to read, and from which the relevant details can be accessed quickly.
Resume preparation tips
- Contact details
Provide your full name, telephone number and email address (Be cautious about work telephone numbers).
– Try to keep your resume to 2 page and include your name on each page.
– 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.
- Personal information to exclude
Leave out personal information such as race, religion, hobbies, marital status, children, etc.
Include information about your awards and any significant personal or professional achievements.
List degrees, relevant training courses, honours or scholarships or study in order of completion and include the dates and institutions in which they were completed.
- 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.
– Provide real examples of where your skills have brought about positive results for the company in each role.
- Additional skills
List other areas of competencies such as computer software used, languages spoken, licenses held, professional memberships.
- Spelling & Grammar
– Thoroughly check for spelling and grammatical errors and have someone else check over it too if possible.
– Do not use abbreviations or slang terms.