May 19, 2012

HOW TO WRITE A RESUME

Filed under: Uncategorized — apsAdmin @ 4:37 am

A resume is a brief, concise and accurate summary of your skills, education and work experience. A good resume demonstrates how your skills and abilities match up with the requirements of a job and should be one or two pages in length.

You should tailor your resume to each job application making sure you emphasis appropriate skills and experiences that are most relevant to the position. By taking the time to tailor your resume you provide the employer with the most relevant information quickly making it more likely that your application will be read.

What if I don’t have much experience?

Your academic record and work experience are conventional ways to show how suited you are to a job but if you lack experience there are other ways to demonstrate that you are the right person for the job, such as:

How do I organise my resume’s information?

A resume usually sets out information in a reverse order. Your most recent work experience and study details should be first on the list.

What do I include on my resume?

You should endeavour to include the following in your resume:

Personal details – Full name and contact details including address, telephone number(s) and email address.

Education and training – A summary of your education and training history, starting with your most recent studies, making sure you include all training that’s relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Employment history – Start with your most recent work history and work backwards chronologically, listing the dates you worked, the name of the employer, your job title and your responsibilities, tasks and achievements. Make sure you include everything that’s relevant to the job.

Skills and abilities – A list of the things you’re good at. These can be general skills or skills specific to a particular job. List them under broad headings such as “Communication” and “Teamwork”.

Referees – List people who can talk about how good a worker you are. Make sure you get their permission before including them on your resume. List their name, company name occupation, and contact details.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Make sure you proofread your final resume. Be especially careful that there aren’t any spelling mistakes, typos or grammatical errors. Get a friend or family member to read over it for you. Also make sure your resume is easy to read and presented on clean white paper in a standard font and a standard size (10 or 12 point).

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