Jobfind’s Resume Tips
Your resume is often an employer’s first introduction to you, so make it a good one!
Resume writing isn’t as easy as it looks. Here are 12 tips to make your resume work for you:
- Include your name at the top of every page in case one comes loose.
- Make sure your contact details are up to date.
- Never handwrite your resume – use a computer to type up and print a fresh copy.
- Print your resume in black ink on white paper (don’t decorate it with clip art or graphics).
- Make sure it has no creases, folds or marks and only print on one side of the paper.
- Use bullet points rather than writing long paragraphs.
- Don’t cramp the information – make sure there is plenty of white space.
- Format your resume consistently – consider your bullets, underlining, font type and size.
- Make sure there are no spelling or grammatical errors (your computer’s spellcheck can help!).
- Always use A4 paper and staple any cover letters so they don’t get lost.
- There is no need for a title sheet stating it is a ‘Resume’.
- Want to see a sample resume, or find a resume template on which to base your own? The internet is full of such things. Talk to one of our Consultants and they can help point you in the right direction.
How to Structure your Resume
There are many ways to structure your resume and your Jobfind Consultant can help you find the format that’s right for you. The following is a basic resume structure or resume template as some call it (with some more helpful hints along the way):
- Include your name, address, phone number and email address.
- If you don’t have a phone ask a friend or relative if you can use their number as your ‘contact number’.
- It’s not necessary to incorporate details relating to your age, nationality, race, religion, gender or marital status. So don’t include these.
Education and Training
Include a list of the schools, colleges or TAFEs you have attended or any other training you have done applicable to the job.
2003 – Bundaberg TAFE
Certificate II in Hospitality Operations
2000 – Albany Ville High School
Higher School Certificate
Employment / Work History
List any previous jobs in chronological order starting with the most recent, as well as all casual, volunteer work and/or Work Experience you’ve had. Include:
- Company name
- Job title / position
- Dates of employment
- A few key responsibilities
- Any significant achievements
Joe's Hardware Store May 2003 - June 2007
- Demonstrated high levels of customer service
- Handled cash, accounts and EFTPOS transactions
- Managed inventories and stock-take
- Coordinated incoming and outgoing deliveries
- Increased paint sales by 21% in first 6 months
- Awarded "Employee of the Month" – July 2004 and December 2005
List any skills not already highlighted in your resume. These may be skills you have gained during employment, work experience, training, sports or clubs.
- Store merchandising
- Complaints handling
- Working with power tools and the safe storage of chemicals
- Mixing paints and cleaning painting equipment
- Supervising others
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Public speaking
- Coaching of Under 12s Rugby League Team
Hobbies and Interests
Leave your hobbies and interests out of your resume unless they are relevant and positive for the job.
- If applying for a job as a Landscape Gardener, you can mention that you: Enjoy the outdoors, gardening.
- If applying for a job as a Kitchen Hand, you may mention that you: Enjoy cooking.
Include 2-3 people who can be contacted as work and/or character references. Always ask permission first and confirm up-to-date contact details. State your referees’ name, position, organisation and daytime contact number.
Mary Jones – General Manager, Hammer & Nails Hardware
(02) 9876 1234
Joe Smith – Owner/Manager, Hungry’s Takeaway
(02) 9123 4567