The main purpose of your resume is to provide an accurate outline of your work experience, qualifications and skill-set in order to secure an interview with a client. In this section we provide key points to help you maximize the impact of your resume.
Your Resume is a Sales Tool
The first thing to bear in mind is that your resume is a sales tool. The objective of your resume is to grab the employers’ interest and to entice them to arrange an interview with you. Your resume does not need to include all details pertaining to your career to date, but the essential information that will persuade the employer that you are appropriate for consideration for the position.
Be aware that your resume may be skim-read in only 1 to 2 minutes and because of this it is imperative to ensure your resume is well written with excellent presentation.
Create a Great Resume
The key to writing a great resume is to keep it simple, clear and concise. Make it obvious to the reader what you’ve been doing in each position without over-loading the reader with an excess of information. Most resumes will be between 1 and 4 pages long, any longer would risk losing the attention of the reader.
The resume should display who you are, your achievements and your responsibilities. Your resume should include key words and information that will show the employer the added value that you will provide their organization.
Tailoring your resume to the specific job that you are applying for will make it easier for the employer to see that your skills and experience are relevant and of value to them.
Resumes can be set out effectively in many different formats; however the "Reverse Chronological" format will be appropriate in most situations and is based on listing the most recent work experience first. Below is an outline of the key points required to create a well presented resume and we have supplied an example of a resume and cover letter for you to download.
Other important points
- Your first page should include your contact details, qualifications and key skills. A brief career summary is optional.
- List your most recent position first including details of Company, Location, Position Title, Period of Employment and Key Duties
- An outline of Key Achievements can also be included for each role (optional)
- Reasons for leaving each position should be included e.g. Career development, To work closer to home, Company closure
- Tailor your resume to the job position(s) you’re applying for
- Include a brief and to the point cover letter / cover email
- Include relevant details only
- Use positive and appropriate key words
- Use clear and concise language
- Use the same font size and type for all headings
- Keep to a maximum of 3 or 4 pages
- Proof read and use spell-checker