Job Applications #2 Resume Design

There is only one purpose of a Resume: to get you an interview with a prospective employer. You need to present your skills and experience in the best possible way and stress why you are suitable for the job. You need to impress the reader, whether the HR department or a recruitment agency, so it is worthwhile spending some time on preparing an effective and error-free document that will immediately impress an employer.

1. Personal Details

  • Your name should always at the top.
  • Include your address, home and mobile phone numbers – also an email address.
  • Give your date of birth, not your age.
  • Personal information should be kept to a minimum.
  • Don’t include a summary of personal characteristics.

2. Employment History

  • List your past employment details in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first, always giving the most space to your most recent or current position. Include the names of past employers with a very short description of the type of business the companies are in, together with dates of employment (months and years only) and a brief outline of responsibilities.
  • List your experience in using a particular software programme, accounting system, manufacturing process, etc.
  • Always include your specific contributions to each job, listing related responsibilities and achievements with each entry.
  • List any membership of relevant professional associations.
  • Never give reasons for terminating or leaving a job but be prepared to explain it during an interview.

3. Education

  • Employers like to see details of your educational qualifications, from University to degrees and professional qualifications (include the major subject but not every thing studied).
  • Outline any work-related training.
  • If you can communicate in a foreign language include this as well.

4. Hobbies and personal activities

List only hobbies or personal interests that are directly related to the position.

Format and Style – the KISS technique

Remember the only purpose of a resume is to get you an interview, so Keep It Short and Simple. Your resume will be read in about 20 seconds, so try and keep it to just one page!

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