How to Write a Resume

Your resume is a marketing tool. Its sole purpose is to get the Recruiter or Prospective Employer to want to talk to you – incite them to contact you. Your resume should not just be a laundry list of all your past jobs and duties. Nor should it be your life’s history. It should give the reader an idea of what you have to offer them. On the subsequent pages, we will go over how to write each section of the resume so that you increase your chances of getting placed into the yes or maybe pile as the reader glances through however many resumes they have to consider. To start with however, we are going to cover a few current principles of resume writing.

  • Your resume should be one or two full pages (not a page and a bit). Please note that sometimes the term CV gets used mistakenly in job posting but, in most cases, they mean resume. A CV (curriculum vitae) can be any length but is typically only for academic or scientific positions.
  • Photos and logos generally do not belong on a resume.
  • Your name and at least a phone number or email should appear on all pages (in-case the pages get separated).
  • Your name should stand out more than anything else, followed by your section headings.
  • There should be no spelling, grammar or punctuation errors and the formatting should be consistent.
  • Limit the number of different fonts you use; and if you include any colour, do so sparingly.
  • Do not use ‘I’, ‘my’, or ‘we’.
  • Avoid acronyms, abbreviations, and large chunks of text.
  • Bullets and the use of spacing in your formatting can be used to make your resume easier to read at-a-glance.
  • Employment, events and education should be listed chronologically, with the most recent first, within each section.
  • Keywords need to be included but can be woven throughout and do not require a separate section. If a computer is doing the first screening, it will only recognize if the required words appear, it does not care where.

Now that we have looked at the overarching items, let’s get into the actual content.

How many sections you have in your resume will depend on your details. There are no hard and fast rules but at a minimum you will have:

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