Writing your resume can be one of the most daunting and challenging tasks when looking for a new role. An up to date resume is something that all professionals should possess. So how do you write a resume like a pro? Below is an outline of my key tips and items to incorporate:
1. CONTACT DETAILS
Ensure your contact details are at the top of your resume. This includes your full name, number, email address and location. Full home address and DOB are not relevant and therefore not required.
2. PROFESSIONAL PROFILE
Outline your professional profile with a simple tag line summarising your experience and skills. For example, ‘Highly motivated individual offering knowledge and experience in customer service, account management and conflict resolution’.
3. CORE SKILLS & COMPETENCIES
Dot point your core skills and competencies, for example:
- Leadership Skills
- Customer Service Skills
- Intermediate Microsoft Office Skills
4. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Outline your past roles and career history in chronological order, from most to least recent. Under each role, include your top 2-3 accomplishments and your top 5-6 responsibilities.
Outline your education and qualifications, starting with your highest qualification first. Education can cover university degree, TAFE certificates, High School Certificate, Industry Courses and other Professional Training.
Under References, state ‘references are available upon request.’ This way, you can contact and prepare your referees, prior to them receiving an unexpected phone call.
7. GRAMMAR & FORMAT
Ensure your resume is free from any spelling or grammatical errors. Whilst spell check is an important tool, I would recommend asking at least 2-3 trusted peers or associates to review your resume. If you are unsure of how to format your resume, a number of clean and simple templates are available online.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON HOW TO WRITE A RESUME
It is important to note that your resume should be clean simple, clean and to the point. Your resume is your opportunity to present your name in a positive light and ensure you are putting your best foot forward. By taking a little extra care and ensuring you write a resume which is polished and professional, it will ensure you set yourself apart from the masses!