Reviving your Resume
A) Some tips for writing your Resume
These days no matter what sort of role you’re applying for you’ll be asked to send or
‘attach’ your resume for assessment prior to any interview.
How this is written, along with any covering letter, is crucial. A badly written resume or
covering note will act as a reason not to interview you, whilst well composed details
will expedite you to the next stage.
Here are some tips on ‘reviving your resume’ to ensure you stand out from the crowd and have
a better chance of success:
- A word-processed Resume is essential (gone are the days when these needed to be handwritten!).
Depending on the job there is rarely need for graphics, images, wacky fonts, intricate tables or
- A photo of yourself is optional (and can also take up a lot of space - often turning a small
file into the Megabyte range taking longer to transmit/download). Most agencies will actually
not send photos to a client.
- Many word-processing packages like MSWord have sample template documents for you to base
your resume on. (For instance MSWord ‘97 has 4 resume templates under the directory
- You’ll need text well spaced and easy for the eye to read, with obvious headings to skim
through. Do not use lots of different fonts and font sizes.
- Generally keep between 2-5 pages in length.
- Referees are appreciated but can also be supplied later.
- Be accurate. It’s a representation of you. Spell-check your resume and cover letter!
- A specific covering letter or cover note is recommended. It shows you care about the role
and assists the recruiter in their initial assessment of your suitability. You should explain
briefly why you are applying for the particular role; your relevant experience; your current
situation any career objectives, any desired pay-rate or salary range, and, if appropriate, your Residency status.
B) Sample Resume headings/sub-headings
Contact Details (Date of birth and marriage status are optionally provided)
Career Objectives (if not already included in cover letter)
Education/Training (highest attained qualifications first)
Employment History (Most recent position first. Try to devote most space to your
most recent employment)
Reason for Leaving:
Skill Summary (outlining the number of months/years experience for each skill with a
proficiency score where appropriate.)
Non technical skills (e.g., word-processing speed in wpm; key strokes speed in ksph;
Excel or Word scores)
Computer skills (e.g., s/w, operating systems, email systems, h/w)
Interests (1 or 2 lines only. Include any organisations/voluntary work).
References (up to 3 work references, 2 personal, 1 academic. These can be supplied
later if desired. Remember to get the permission of referees first!).