Resume writing is one of those things that can make some people weak at the knees! It is important to get it right, as it’s the starting point of your career. There is no standard format for a resume, but it is wise to make your resume as strong as possible, and have a good structure.
Listed below are 5 tips on resume writing which will guide you to having a winning resume :-
1. Start with contact information
It is wise to start each page of your resume with your contact details including your name, mobile and home phone numbers, address and email address. Make sure to use standard email addresses that contain your name instead of ones that have zany or silly nicknames.
Birthdate and marital status are not usually included in a resume, but if displaying your birthdate would be beneficial, you can include it, however, no job should be based on an age requirement.
2. Use a clear font and straightforward text
The layout, I believe, is the most important factor of a resume – that is, because it can reflect you, and only you, in it. It is wise to use a consistent and clear layout that is easy to follow. Avoid colours and the use of multiple fonts. Times New Roman and Arial are the most common fonts used in resume writing and use bold or underline options for headings, but make sure not to use both at the same time.
3. Avoid huge paragraphs and long sentences
You don’t need huge paragraphs to impress your employer. In fact, I personally like to go through small, yet efficient sentences rather than boring long ones. Unless you have been in the workforce for more than four or five years, two pages is sufficient. Others can use three to five pages, if needed. However don’t forget to add a complete summary of your work history. Also, if your work history is quite involved, instead of using large blocks of text, break it up with bullet points.
4. Highlight relevant skills
Pay attention to the qualities the employer is seeking in the position, and use concise and active terms to match the position. Write your work history and educational qualifications in the reverse chronological order, or in other words start with the most recent activities.
Including numbers and percentages is important since it adds value to your successes. For example, “Revenue was increased noticeably when I was the production manager” should be replaced by “Revenue was increased by 120% during my term as the production manager in 2012”.
Be sure to include job title, employer and dates, in addition to the factual details. For example “2009-2014 – Wills Engineering Pty Ltd – Project Manager for Nano Technology Park, Brisbane” is a better statement than “Worked as a Project Manager for five years with Wills Engineering”.
5. Follow employer’s requirements on submission
It is easy to get deeply absorbed in the preparation of your resume and you might forget to check out the submission requirements that your employer has asked.
Be aware of the simple things, such as typo’s and grammatical errors, the relevant certificates and documents that are required to be attached, etc. For most of the online submission processes, .doc or .docx file types are preferred, but there might be instances where .pdfand .rtf are involved. Also ensure that you keep a hardcopy of your resume – this might come in handy for later enquiries.