Preparing your Resume

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​How to write your resume

Your resume is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn't matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have - if your resume is poorly presented or badly written, you're going to have trouble getting the job you want - or even an interview.

Write a well-crafted resume: Make a good first impression. Use a common program, such as MS Word, and start with your contact details. List your education and qualifications and then your work experience in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent. If you have your own website profiling your work, include the URL, but do not submit it instead of a resume.

Proof-read your resume and get someone else to proof it for you. When an employer looks through a candidates’ resume, they are looking for a proven performer who can add immediate value to the business.

Review your use of social media: A growing number of employers are now extending their vetting process to include social media. Change your privacy settings and be sensible in the content you post online. Be aware of your digital footprint as you may be making information public which is private in nature.

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Must-have Information

  • First Name / Last Name

  • Location (Where do you live)

  • Work Experience

  • Awards & Honours

  • Phone Number

  • Professional Profile

  • Additional Skills

  • Hobbies & Interest

  • Email Address

  • Career Objective

  • Education & Qualifications

  • Referee Details

Optional Information

  • Title - Your professional title. It can be your position, word-for-word, or your desired job. Think “Digital Marketing Specialist” or “Junior Data Scientist.”

  • LinkedIn URL - If you have an up-to-date profile that can add value to your application, make sure to include the link.

  • Social Media - Do you have a published portfolio online? For developers, this would be your GitHub, for a designer Behance or Dribble and for a writer, it could be your personal blog.

  • Website / Blog - Do you have an online presence? Maybe a blog that positions you as an expert in your field? If you do, make sure to mention it!

What NOT to Include in the Contact Info Section

  • Date of Birth (unless specifically required in the job ad) - The HR manager doesn’t need to know how old you are. It’s not important for their decision-making, and at worst, it might lead to discrimination based on age.

  • Unprofessional Email Address - Do: name.lastname@gmail.com Don’t: player69@gmail.com

  • Headshot - The HR manager doesn’t need to know what you look like in order to evaluate your application, so there’s no real need to include it.

How long should my resume be?

There is no set length for a resume. A resume varies in length depending on your experience and education. If you haven't worked much before, one or two pages is best, but four to six pages is okay if you've got a lot of study and work behind you.