Careers in Australia

How to write the perfect resume

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Your resume should capture who you are as a professional. It makes a crucial first impression on your potential new boss and will usually determine whether or not you land that all-important interview. Make sure your resume is saying the right things about you with these tips.

DO

  • Keep your resume to a maximum of two pages unless you have a lot of work experience that’s relevant to the role you’re applying for.
  • Focus on your achievements in current or past roles.
  • Mention your unique skills and strengths.
  • If you have just graduated and your resume is looking a little empty, include casual jobs you had at school or university, volunteer work, unpaid work experience and internships. Talk about the skills you developed in these roles.
  • Include a professional headshot if you’d like to. This will personalise your resume and help your boss put a face to your name.
  • If you like, include a brief description of your hobbies and things you like to do in your spare time. This will give your potential employer a feel for your personality and how you would fit into their workplace.

DON’T

  • Fill your resume up with pages and pages of overly-detailed or unnecessary information.
  • Just talk about your duties/responsibilities in current or past roles.
  • Only mention your education and work history.
  • Leave the work history section of your resume looking sparse if you haven’t had a ‘real job’ yet or any jobs that relate directly to the field you are trying to get into now.
  • Include a full-body shot, a photo of yourself out partying with your friends, or anything resembling a glamour shot!
  • Go into lengthy detail about your favourite sports teams/video games/pop stars and why you think they’re so great. This will add unnecessary bulk to your resume and risk boring your new boss.

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