Creating an Effective Resume
The basics to writing an effective resume are:
- Your Name, address and contact details – clear and upfront.
- Academic Qualifications – What, Where, When
- Career Statement / Career Objective
- Positions held in chronological order – most recent position first, include organisation, role (level), term in role (months and years).
- List your key responsibilities or daily tasks in bullet points.
- List 1-3 key achievements for each role.
- Acknowledge professional associations and memberships (relevant to your professional expertise).
- List other training, development and computer skills.
- List your interests – keep in mind this is a professional document, list interests potentially relevant to the role. E.g. community volunteer work vs. pole dancing.
- List your referees if you wish or state they can be provided on request.
- Consider the social networking age and how you may be portrayed– Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace etc.
- Appropriate email address and voicemail message on mobile phone. E.g. firstname.lastname@example.org does not look good!
- Do not leave gaps in your CV. Include study leave or travel as such.
- Depending on roles and experience, expand on past 3-5 key roles (or up to 10 years experience) and list the remainder in shorter format.
- No more than 3-4 pages.
- Content – only include what is relevant to your career.
- Consider your current career direction preference
- Formatting – bullet points to summarise key points e.g. achievements
- White space between points and roles makes for easier reading
- Graphics and Photographs – not required
- Check your facts and dates – employers do!
- Proof read and spell check. Ask for feedback
- Attach to emails as a document – not in body of text
- Hard copies – quality paper and presentation
- Academic transcripts, references and association memberships up to date.
A good resume is a living document. Just like us, a resume should always be developing, challenging, extending and inspiring.