Free Resume Tips
Need help to communicate your strengths?
We understand just how important your next career move is and recognise the difficulties people experience in writing a compelling Resume.
While there is no single route to success when writing your Resume, the following advice sets out some of the key issues which will ensure you present a document with a difference!
Design a professional document that is pleasing to the eye:
- Keep the design simple and sleek - use one type style and font size
- Ensure plenty of white space
- Avoid boxes, diagrams and underscoring - the text should flow in a smooth, calm, uninterrupted style
- Save emboldening for 'Main achievements' to draw the reader's attention to your successes
Reader's Needs - A Recruiter's Perspective
Understand readers´ needs and motivations:
- Time is short so write explicitly, yet succinctly
- On-line Resume submissions are searched by key-words; include words and phrases relevant to your skills, experience and industry
- Place achievements in context - they will be more credible and will aid understanding
Should you include a profile?
- A well written, factual Profile is useful to position you in the job market and to summarise your area of expertise, skills and aim.
- Write factually - avoid self-congratulatory adjectives such as 'dynamic, highly motivated', `enthusiastic´etc - recruiters have heard them all!
Is it better to commence with education or experience?
- Choose and position your words strategically - commence with your strongest points as they match market demand.
- If the lack of a qualification is a handicap, redress the balance by commencing with your experience
- If the lack of experience is a handicap, redress the balance by commencing with academic achievements
Inconsistent employment history?
- Focus on where you have added value and made a difference in different sectors and minimise dates
Do you outline your job duties?
- Job descriptions can be boring! Better to direct the reader's attention to the skills you use and then clearly define your initiatives - what you did, how you did it and the positive result
- Don't include meaningless detail that smothers important facts