A resume (also known as Curriculum Vitae) is a snapshot summarising your qualifications, skills and qualities. The information you provide is used by the employer to determine if you meet the job requirements and whether or not to select you for an interview.
To make a good first impression, a well-written resume needs to be clear, concise, and neatly organised with content relevant to the position you are applying for.
What to include
|Skills and qualities|
|This section is optional and should be a short, targeted statement that is specific to the job explaining why you are applying.|
|Voluntary and community work|
|Professional development and further training|
|Interests and hobbies|
|Write a dot point summary of your personal interests such as community, sporting or cultural activities.|
List two or three people who have seen what you are able to do in an employment or academic environment. Try not to include friends or family members or non-work referees. Always get permission from referees before including their details on your resume.
For each referee, include:
Tailor your resume to the job you are applying for. Create different resumes for jobs that are academic, casual, graduate, postgraduate, voluntary, vacation, industry-based learning or in the creative industries.
- Use 10-12 point standard fonts (eg Times New Roman, Arial).
- Write in plain business English (avoid SMS language, abbreviations, jargon and slang).
- Use sub-headings and bulleted lists to draw attention to important information.
- Ensure plenty of white space between paragraphs and margins that are not too narrow.
- Write in the third person, don't use I, me or my.
- The layout (including indent alignments) must be consistent throughout the resume.
- Two to three pages for a graduate with little professional work experience.
- Three to four pages for a graduate with a considerable work history.
Styles - there are three main types
- Hybrid - this is the most suitable for graduates as it combines the best features of the chronological and functional styles.
- Chronological (reverse) - information is listed in order from most current employment/work history.
- Functional - highlights your skills and achievements (good to use if you are changing careers).
Check out the different styles by viewing our sample resumes.
Check the document
- Use spelling and grammar checks.
- Get a proof reader with strong English skills to check it.
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