Resume Do's & Don'ts

| June 9, 2016

Crafting a resume is an important part of your job search. A resume should be a succinct introduction to you and your known skills and experience. It is sent with job applications to give the employer an idea of whether or not your skills and experience are relevant to the job you’re applying for. It may also help them to access your suitability to other roles within the business. We’ve detailed some resume do’s and don’ts below to help you make the best possible resume for your job search.

Contact Information

 

Listing contact information may seem like an obvious thing, but many people get wrapped up in the larger portions of the resume and forget about the basics. For contact details include the following;

  • Full name

  • Contact number

  • Address

  • Contact email

This is the core information that tells the employer who you are, where you’re from, and most importantly, how to get in touch with you. It’s unnecessary to put your date of birth or a photo of yourself. Before sending job applications, ensure that your email address is professional and not rude, silly, or “funny”. While it may have been humorous at the time to have something like thebigcheese123@email.com, it doesn’t set a good first impression. Use your name and avoid numbers if possible, opting for underscores or full stops to create uniqueness. For example, if johnsmith@email.com is taken try john.smith@email.com.

Education & Work History

 

List the educational institutions in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest). Work history should be listed in the same way. Provide details for previous jobs that are relevant to the one you’re applying for, for previous roles that do not have relevancy a short, simple dot-point list of primary tasks is all that is necessary. It’s important to keep descriptions short and to the point, imagine you’re the employer and you have to read 100 applications; if yours is short, to the point, clear and easy to read, the more likely it is that the employer will read it.

Transferable Skills

 

If you do not have any prior work experience, don’t panic. Where you would normally list work history, instead list what are called “transferable skills”. These are skills you’ve collected through life that can be applied to the job. Examples of these could be classes, hobbies, sports, or volunteer work. As long as they relate to the role you’re applying for. If you do have a work history, you can put this list of transferable skills below your work history on your resume.

Don’t lie or use exact general phrases

 

Lying on your resume is never a good idea. Pretending you have skills or experience you don’t is both easy to verify and obvious during an interview. Furthermore, it’s unfair to other applicants that do have the relevant experience/skills. In regards to not using general phrases, we are referring to required skills or attributes listed by the employer. For example, if they say “intermediate microsoft suite skills”, don’t list “intermediate microsoft suite skills” word for word in your dot points. Instead, mention examples of when you’ve used those programs.

Design it

 

Employers have tens or sometimes hundreds of applications, so designing your resume to look clean, easy to read, and a bit different from everyone else will go a long way to being noticed. Programs like Microsoft Word have resume templates available which you can use or take ideas from. If you want to design it yourself, remember; don’t include pictures and don’t make it cluttered.

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