The Resume

A resume is a document that a potential employer will use to make their initial assessment about you. With this in mind preparing such a document can be quite daunting.

Ideally your CV should be no longer than 3 or 4 pages as an absolute maximum.

Remember your resume is a professional sales document and therefore it must be clear with the information complete.

The following information will assist you on how best to compile the document:

  • It’s key to create your resume in a common program such as MS Word. Most employers would like to have a resume sent electronically so it’s important to have it in a suitable format.
  • Don’t forget the basics! It’s essential to include your name, address, telephone numbers and email address.
  • In reverse chronological order you should list your educational (secondary and tertiary), training history and qualifications.
  • Don’t forget that the first page of your CV should grab the attention of any potential employer. Now list your work experience in reverse chronological order. Include employer names, positions held and duties (projects worked on where applicable).
  • Account for all your time and ensure there are no gaps.If you do include gaps, potential employers can suspect the worst.
  • It’s important not to use graphics and images that distract from the content. Don’t take your time compiling an excellent document only to make it difficult to read!
  • As mentioned previously this is a potential employers first assessment of you so ensure there are no spelling mistakes.
  • Always ask someone to proof read your resume before submitting.
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