How to write a resume
A resume (also known as curriculum vitae) is a marketing document summarising your qualifications, key skills and work history. The information you provide is used by the employer to decide whether you meet the job requirements and whether to select you for an interview.
To make a good first impression, a well-written resume needs to be clear, concise, and neatly organised. Its content also needs to be tailored to the position you’re applying for.
Learn how to create a compelling resume that succinctly lays out your skills, experience and why you should get the job.
- Resume fundamentals
- How to write a compelling resume
- Actions to improve your resume
What to include in your resume
Now that you’ve learned how to write an effective resume, and have had some practice writing your own resume, you may want to get some feedback from our professional staff.
Simply log into Career Gateway and complete our one-minute quiz. You can then request feedback on your resume. You’ll also find more tips and resources.
Good luck with your application!
You can also complete the workshop online. Read through the online resource explaining what you need to know about the topic, then complete the quiz at the end. This will give you what you need to get started on your resume.
You’ll need to tailor resume to the job you are applying for. For example, create different resumes for academic, casual, graduate, voluntary, and vacation jobs, industry-based learning, and jobs in the creative industries.
Length and format
Your resume should:
- be no more than two or three pages
- use 10 to 12 point standard fonts (e.g. Times New Roman, Arial)
- be written in plain business English (avoid SMS language, abbreviations, jargon and slang)
- use subheadings and bullet lists to draw attention to important information
- have plenty of white space between paragraphs and broad margins
- use a consistent layout (including indent alignments) throughout the resume.
Check it and recheck it
Proofread your resume and have someone else proofread it too. Hiring managers and recruiters receive incredibly high numbers of applications and spend less than 90 seconds screening or looking at a resume. If your resume has spelling and grammatical errors, it could lose you the job.