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Writing a great resume

Writing a great resume

Your resume, or CV, is an essential tool in the job searching process. The difference between a good resume and a great resume could cost you an interview! We’ve got some top tips to make sure you write an excellent resume.

Be clear

Employers receive lots of resumes when they post a job. They may not have the time to read every resume thoroughly. Make the structure and format of your resume clear and concise to make their life easier and increase your chances. You resume should be professional and between 2-4 pages long. You don’t need to include every little detail - employers can always ask for further information if they need to.

Introduce yourself

Personal details should always be at the top of your resume and should include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

Include a short introduction that includes your main strengths and qualities. Tailor it to each job you apply for. Summarise your most relevant skills and experience. Include a career objective to show why you are applying for each job.

Key skills and achievements

Include relevant strengths and key achievements. You can also include training which developed your skills but didn’t come with a qualification.

Education and professional memberships

This is essential for all employers. Briefly state your recent qualifications, starting with the most recent and working back to high school. 

Make sure you include:

  • The place of education
  • The subject
  • Your final grade
  • The years of study

This section should also include any professional memberships you might have. If you are applying for entry-level or mid-level roles, put your education section at the start of your resume. When applying for a senior-level role put this towards the end of your resume.

Career history

Employers will always look closely at this section to check you have the relevant skills and experience for their vacancy. It’s important to make the most of your experience in this section.

Start with most recent position first, and for each role include:

  • Your job title
  • The company name and location
  • The dates of your employment, including month/year.
  • A short summary of your role within the business, including key responsibilities
  • If relevant, include a project snapshot and details assignments and duties

You must make sure this section is clear and neat. Use bullet points to separate the details. Be as positive about your experience as you can, highlighting your strengths, responsibilities and achievements.

Personal interests

Employers will use this section to find talking points, build rapport and learn about your personality. Highlight your key interests and hobbies.

References

You can write ‘References available upon request’, but it can be useful to include references. Make sure both you and your referee are happy to provide contact details first.

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