Résumé Tips

Résumé Structure

Start with your personal details. Full name and contact details including all usable telephone numbers. Avoid superfluous details such as religious affiliation, children’s names etc…

Educational history and professional qualifications should follow, including names of institutions and dates attended in reverse chronological order – university before school results. List GPA and any certifications attained. These details will matter more if you have recently entered the job market. Note: If you have been working for more than a year, then Educational History can found towards bottom of résumé.

Include any relevant computer skills, fluency in any foreign language, as well as other training and/or development courses or certificates.

List hobbies and interests last – keep this section short. References can simply be ‘Available on Request.’

Current salary details should not be included.

A good cover letter should always accompany your resume.

Your résumé and cover letter should create a picture of you and your career-to-date and illustrate why you are different from the competition!

Be sure that the information on your resume in entirely accurate.

General Tips

  • Your résumé should be laser-printed in black ink using a plain type face, on good quality white/cream paper.
  • Decorative borders are not necessary, nor are photographs of yourself.
  • If applying by email, time should be taken designing and formatting to ensure your details read clearly. Send a copy to yourself to check before submitting it for a role.
  • Your résumé should ideally cover no more than two pages and never more than three. Aim to ensure the content is clear, structured, concise and relevant. Using bullet points rather than full sentences can help minimize word usage.
  • A basic résumé may need tailoring with each job application to best suit the requirements of the role applied for.
  • The completed résumé needs to be checked carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes – which always leave a poor impression – and to ensure that it makes sense. Ask an ‘independent’ party to review the whole document before it is put into use.
  • Remember when writing and structuring your résumé that it is essentially a marketing document for you and that a potential employer will use the details provided to form interview questions. It should be clear and easy to read. Gaps in career history should be explained and falsehoods and inaccuracies avoided at all costs.
  • It is not necessary to include your reasons for leaving each job on your résumé but be prepared to answer these questions in your interview.