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A resume is essentially a marketing tool to gain yourself an interview. It is a brochure with the purpose to present yourself in a highly positive way. It not only provides a simple layout for your previous work experience, but it needs to cover the skills and attributes which will determine whether you are a suitable candidate for the position you have applied for.
It needs to summarise your work experience, education and training backgrounds. Identifying these experiences, as well as your knowledge and accomplishments will increase your chances of employment. It is also important to remember that the information in your resume should be concise, precise and should not exceed two pages.
Some tips for resume writing and help with securing an interview include:
- Get the layout right – be clear and concise;
- Specify your name and contact details, but leave out your date of birth and marital status;
- Use reverse chronological order – from most recent to the oldest;
- Use dates on your resume to show timeframes of current and completed activities;
- Use bullet points – it is quicker and easier to read; Include qualifications, awards and scholarships;
- Include work experience, fieldwork and volunteer/community work;
- Provide details of any professional registrations and memberships;
- Avoid fancy fonts and graphics;
- Use capital or bold headings, and
- Always proof read and check spelling – this will reflect your abilities, level of attention to detail and professionalism.
Furthermore, you can include a personal brief statement to highlight the type of person you are, your skills and your achievements. This will be placed at the beginning of your resume. It immediately captures the attention of your prospective employer and will make them want to find out more about you.
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