A resume is a document of 1 to 2 pages containing information on your professional life. Most resumes will cover your professional experiences, your career objectives, your achievements and education qualifications.
Include your personal details in the heading of the resume, including name, address and other contact information.
Break up the body into 6, sections;
- career objective
- professional experience
CAREER OBJECTIVE – Two to three sentences, a brief account to give the prospective employer an idea of how you aim to progress in your professional career.
PROFILE – A concise profile about yourself and how your skills and experience are appropriate for the job you are applying for.
SUMMARY – Include a few well written sentences that explain what benefits you can bring to the corporation. Don’t talk yourself up too much. Try and stay professional whilst attracting the employer’s attention.
EXPERIENCE – List information on up to your last 5 jobs. Start the list with your latest job and the rest in chronological order.
Include all Company names, locations and contact details, employment date ranges and persons to contact.
Include your previous title and your responsibilities. Pay attention to the responsibilities that are pertinent to the position you are applying for.
EDUCATION – Any educational qualifications should be included here. List your college, graduate and post graduate work, and also other relevant certificates from professional courses.
ACHIEVEMENTS – Include here any achievements that are only relevant to the prospective employment. You can include volunteer work and your interests also.
REFERENCES – Include references in a concise list. Do not write that you “can provide references on request”
A professional resume will help you stand out from the crowd. It will give you one step up on your competitor that hasn’t submitted a great resume. Take advantage of this opportunity and sell yourself in the most favourable way you can.
A great resume needs an investment of time and resources. Do the research, and if you are reading this article, you already have started researching. A professional looking, well written resume is error free. Check all your spelling and grammar. Pay particular attention to the spelling of place names and people’s names.
Show your prospective employer that you can provide attention to detail, by submitting an error free resume.
How you format your resume is also important. Standardize the fonts, size and color of your text. Don’t use a number of different fonts. It is recommended to stick to the basic fonts. Sans Sherif is generally considered to be to one of the easiest fonts to read. Use bold and large capital letters sparingly.
Pay particular attention to the format of your resume in regards to how it looks on a computer screen and on hardcopy print.
One to two pages is enough. Any more than this number of pages will give the reader the impression that you don’t know how to succinctly summarize your work. You also do not want to give the impression that you are trying to fluff the content with unnecessary information.