How to do a resume

1.      Fear not the white spaces: Keep it well spaced so it can be skim read. Avoid fancy fonts and use headings and bolded text to highlight key information.

2.     Less is more: Preferably one page, two pages max.

3.     Missing career relevant work history? Think what you do outside of study and leverage other skills and experiences, including:

o   writing blogs, developing websites etc (include links)

o   competitions (design and photography awards, Kaggle, entrepreneurship events etc)

o   participation in university clubs or meetup groups

o   casual and part time work - highlight the evergreen, transferable skills i.e. customer service, work ethic, insight into how businesses work

o   passionate about an industry? Use an assignment or other project to highlight your industry knowledge i.e. current developments or issues.

4.     References: Include two referees (ensure you ask them first!)

5.     Read it out loud: Spelling and grammar errors torpedo credibility. Reviewing a printed copy is an extremely effective way to identify mistakes.

6.     Minimise white noise: Birthday, middle name, marital status, religion and hobbies are irrelevant. 

Finally: Refresh your CV every six months, even if you’re not job hunting. Remembering everything after long periods can be difficult. If nothing else, keep rough notes of any new skills or experiences.


Basic resume structure:

Header: Name, address and contact details

Objective: A few lines explaining how your skills, ambition and experience will be useful.  

Education: Degree/s, majors, expected completion, any diplomas or short courses (dot points).

Employment history (start with the most recent experiences)

o   Job title (bolded)

o   Company (bolded)

o   Year/s worked i.e. September 2014 – December 2015

o   Focus on outcomes wherever possible as opposed to tasks (present as dot points written in past tense).

Extracurricular or volunteer activities: If you have any relevant paid or unpaid experience, highlight the role/s, skills and key results.

Skills: Include languages, software packages, programming languages etc.


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