This document alone, often is how managers and talent teams decide wether to get to know a candidate better, and they are often sorting through tens, sometimes hundreds, of resumes. So, how do you ensure yours stands out.
Clean, simple, and packed full of the right information (but not too much information), is the key to an excellent resume. This guide will help you craft your next resume, and ensure you get that balance right.
Depending on your experience, your resume should be 1-2 pages long (plus, a Cover Letter when necessary).
Your resume should include the following sections:
Depending on your skill set and how comfortable you are with design and formatting, you can use a variety of programs for developing a resume.
Let’s break down what to include in each section of your layout.
Your contact information should be at the top of the page, clear and simple to access. Ensure you include:
Career summary or objective
This is a short paragraph to explain to the hiring manager your career journey and plans, which provides context for your career move, i.e. “I’m a student, in my final year of university looking to start a career in Marketing; or, I’m a career changer, having spent 10 years working in manufacturing as a manager, I am excited to be upskilling in the digital field of User Experience”.
This is your work experience to date, keep it in chronological order, with your most recent role at the top, and provide a short explanation of the company and what your responsibilities and achievements are, or were. Utilise the following format for each experience:
Employment start and end date (month and year)
Sentence providing overview of of who the company is.
Responsibilities and achievements:
Education and qualifications
Keep your education and qualifications information short and succinct. You may like to include:
Include the following information on each education entry:
Professional development or courses undertaken
Much like education, this is an opportunity for you to outline any further study you have undertaken, or short courses which perhaps do not fit into the education section. This may be software training, certificates etc.
Use dot points to list out your main 5-7 soft skills or areas of expertise e.g. team leadership, project management; and your major technical skills. These may be software or programs e.g. Microsoft Suite, or they may be areas of expertise e.g. Search Engine Optimisation.