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How to Write the Perfect Resume

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Thinking of applying for a job you’ve been yearning for; you’ll need to have a good resume! This document is the first thing your potential employer gets to see about you, their first judgement. You could be shortlisted and have an opportunity to sell yourself – or your application could be lost amongst a sea of others. Here’s how you can ensure that you stand out amongst the rest!

Include a career objective that is not too limiting

A career objective allows the reader to understand what you are open to, rather than making an assumption based on what you have done.  When writing your career objective, ensure that it is open. Writing an objective that is too specific could narrow your chances. Eg. If you have applied for a full time role, but you are open to part time also, state this in your career objective. Or if you have applied for a Reception role, but only have EA experience, explain why in your career objective and outline relevant experience.

Include a summary of experience table on the front page

A summary of experience table allows the reader to see what you have done in a snapshot. It also highlights things like longevity in roles, strong brands names you may have represented, diversity in your titles and  experience etc. The reader can then quickly move on to specific experience that interests them (very rarely is a resume read back to front)

Your resume should be tailored

You may have had numerous jobs before, but not all of them are relevant to the one you are seeking at the moment. In general no longer than 10 years previous experience needs to be outlined in detail. The focus should be on what is relevant and recent (and match what is on Linked In).

Quantify your accomplishments

State the precise number of the people you have managed if that has been your line of duty before. Indicate whether you’ve had any budget responsibilities and how much money was entrusted to you. Don’t be vague about what you’ve been able to achieve.Most Executive level resumes outline in much greater detail achievements over tasks – emphasising these is much more important. Ensure that at least the last 3 roles have both responsibilities and key achievements listed.

Indicate your work, education and volunteer history

Your work history should be written in chronological order, starting with your most recent job. Your academic qualifications should also begin with the most recent one. Essential skills can be learned and developed in volunteer work and it can indicate that you are a strong team player with good values and care for social responsibility. (Very important in todays workplace)

Your contact information & presentation

This may be a distinct section, but it should be handled with care. It should be at the top part of your resume where it is most conspicuous. Use an email address that you have dedicated to job-related activities. All in all, seek to make your resume relevant and suitable to the job you are applying for and the company you hope will employ you. Think about the formatting and whether it requires formality or personality. But remember even a more formal or traditional resume can be made unique so that it stands out.

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