Resume Writing Advice & Tips

Resume Writing Advice & Tips

This page offers some simple yet effective tips on the best way to write a professional resume.

Qualifications

When outlining your educational and professional qualifications, provide information on the what, where, and when of what you know.

Write the most relevant qualifications first in reverse chronological order, providing brief details where neccessary.

Keep it Brief

Only include extra details if they are very relevant – for example, mention specific components of a course or major achievements (ie. top of class).

Don’t Mention Failures

If you have taken courses but not completed them, then do not mention them here unless it would result in a suspicious gap in your education history.

Your Skills

Use this section of your resume to provide recruiters with a brief “at-a-glance” outline of your main skills. You can list different types of skill separately – for example, languages spoken, IT skills, etc.

Be Concise

For each skill that you list, keep it short. This section should be seen as a quick summary that recruiters can scan to see if you meet their general requirements, as well as to show off any other abilities not previously mentioned.

Be honest

Never lie about your skills – If the skill is important enough to be worth the recruiter’s attention, then they will probably ask about it at an interview.

Fill the Gaps

This section of your resume gives you the opportunity of drawing the reader’s attention to aspects not obvious from the other sections: for example, I.T. skills are considered important in most jobs, but may not be apparent from your employment and educational history.

Additionally, knowledge of foreign languages, whilst possibly not relevant to the positions you are applying for, can be impressive. Team-working and problem-solving abilities are other non-specific skills it may be worth mentioning.

Personal Summary

This section should be used to provide a short, sharp summary of your skills and experience, targetted towards the job you are applying for. Enter a short two or three sentence summary of yourself, and a list of your key achievements and skills.

Keep it brief

This section should simply be a summary of the rest of your resume. It needs to grab the attention of the reader so they read the rest.

Use Keywords

With thousands of resumes stored electronically, employers often search using keywords relevant to the jobs vacancies they wish to fill. By making sure you use appropriate keywords in your resume, you increase the chance of someone bothering to read it.

Good Luck!

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