Re­sume Writ­ing Ad­vice

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - EMPLOYMENT -

Why re­sumes are im­por­tant

Em­ploy­ers re­ceive lots of re­sumes so it’s im­por­tant that yours stands out and tells the em­ployer why you are the right per­son for the job.

Your re­sume should sum­marise your pre­vi­ous work ex­pe­ri­ences and the skills and knowl­edge you de­vel­oped through these – at­tributes that you will bring to your new em­ployer.

It’s usu­ally a good idea to have a tem­plate re­sume which you can adapt to each po­si­tion you ap­ply for.

What to in­clude:

Not all re­sumes look ex­actly the same, but there is some in­for­ma­tion that is es­sen­tial to in­clude:

Your per­sonal de­tails: name, ad­dress, tele­phone num­ber and email. It’s not nec­es­sary to in­clude per­sonal in­for­ma­tion such as mar­i­tal sta­tus or age.

Ca­reer pro­file or strengths sum­mary: a brief sum­mary of your strengths, pro­fes­sional achieve­ments and ca­reer am­bi­tions, if rel­e­vant to the em­ployer (in a few short sen­tences or 4-6 bul­let points).

Ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing: start with the most re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences and work back. In­clude the name of the in­sti­tu­tion and your qual­i­fi­ca­tions. If you have ter­tiary qual­i­fi­ca­tions, only in­clude sec­ondary school­ing re­sults if rel­e­vant.

Work his­tory: start with the most re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences and work back. For each pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence re­mem­ber to in­clude name of em­ployer, your job ti­tle, dates you worked there, your main re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and any ma­jor achieve­ments (es­pe­cially if you can show how they ben­e­fit­ted the em­ployer). You don’t need to pro­vide de­tails of work that is more than 10 years old, un­less it is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant to the role.

Any other in­for­ma­tion that shows how you suit the role, such as ad­di­tional train­ing, vol­un­tary ex­pe­ri­ence or skills (i.e. other lan­guages), mem­ber­ship of pro­fes­sional bod­ies, work ex­pe­ri­ence

It’s im­por­tant that your re­sume stands out. It needs to en­cour­age the em­ployer to choose you for an in­ter­view. and in­ter­ests/hob­bies (briefly).

Names and con­tact de­tails of two ref­er­ees who have re­cently agreed to pro­vide you with ref­er­ences.

It is not un­usual for peo­ple to have gaps in their re­sume for a wide range of rea­sons in­clud­ing re­dun­dancy, fam­ily du­ties, ill­ness, trav­el­ling etc. Most ad­vice sug­gests that it is best to be up­front about these gaps.

Tai­lor­ing your re­sume

Your re­sume should be tai­lored to fit the role you are ap­ply­ing for. Hav­ing a tem­plate ver­sion is okay, but you will need to make some changes each time you ap­ply for a new job to make sure that your re­sume re­ally pro­motes the skills and ex­pe­ri­ences each em­ployer is look­ing for. Re­mem­ber to:

Read and re-read the job de­scrip­tion to make sure you un­der­stand what the em­ployer’s needs are.

Em­pha­size the skills and at­tributes which are most im­por­tant to this role, par­tic­u­larly in your pro­file or strengths sum­mary and in the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and achieve­ments you list in your work his­tory.

Try to re­cy­cle key words and phrases from the job de­scrip­tion.

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