Before you get a job offer, you need to have a resume. Your resume is your personal marketing tool to be shortlisted and interviewed for a job.
Always remember to tailor your resume to each job application. This demonstrates the relevance between your skills and experience and the needs of the employer. Identify the requirements and selection criteria of the advertised job vacancy. Highlighting how your skills and experience are relevant to the organisation’s requirements.
Here are some pointers to good resume writing that will help you make a powerful first impression to your prospective employers.
It should include your name, postal address, contact numbers, email address at the top of the page. Consider using a reasonably conservative email address such as your name. I have seen some job applicants with the email address ‘little rascal” at hotmail address, prospective employers might not find it appropriate and you might missed your chance of being shortlisted.
Career Objective may not be necessary, however, if you are going to include one make sure it specifically matches the job you are applying for.
The best resumes are short, concise and informative. Structure your work experience in chronological order with your most recent role first. If you have been working for a number of years, simply list the position title, the organizations you have been working for and the dates of your earlier roles.You should also include the following:
Date of employment: Remember to state the months and years for every position. If there are gaps in your employment, for example furthering of your education, explain this briefly in your resume and if you are shortlisted for an interview, you can elaborate it further to the interviewer.
Company and position title: Provide an overview of the nature of the business and include your designation and the duration you are in the position.
Job Summary: Summarise your responsibilities and achievements concisely for every role, showing your contributions to each of the organizations you have worked for.
Ideally, try to quantify your achievements. For example, increased sales by 35% over the period of one year. Structure and list your responsibilities and achievements in bullet point and introduce the point through action verbs, for example “managed”, “delivered” to indicate how accomplished you are.
Skills Achievements/ Education Qualifications
List your qualifications in chronological order and include the name of the institution, qualification, graduation date and your course of study. List also your skills and achievements in school as well as your past working accomplishments.
References and referees
It is not necessary to include referees on your resume, however, if you would like to include referees, you need to first ask your referee for permission to list them on your resume.
It is also important to ensure that your resume are free of spelling or grammar mistakes. Always highlight your accomplishments and achievements. Remember, the job search process can take time. Do not give up, the time and effort you take in personalising your resume will pay off when the right role comes along.