A resume is a professional document that details information about your Qualifications, Skills and Experience. Like your Cover Letter, it is a document which markets yourself to potential employers.
Your resume should include information relevant to the industry, organisation or role.
Your resume can be structured using headings to organise and highlight information in a logical order:
- Name and contact details
- Education overview - Course and University details
- Achievements and Awards
- Outline of Skills
- Professional Experience
- Interests and hobbies
- Referee details
You should list your qualifications to provide the employer with details about your level of education. This tells the employer the content you have studied, which may be relevant for specialist roles such as Accounting. The employer can also gain insight into your area of interest, and what you may be capable of.
- Present qualifications in a logical order
- The dates of study - start and end dates eg: 2007 - 2012. If you have not graduated yet, you are able to indicate 'expected completed'
- The qualification and institution of study, including any majors
- Relevant and Recent achievements or awards
Include any relevant and recent achievements and awards, such as academic scholarships or community contribution prizes.
A resume should include details of relevant skills to demonstrate experience suitable to the roles. This can demonstrate to an employer that whilst you may not have much work experience in the early stage of your career, you have the ability to adapt and learn the skills required.
You are able to show transferable skills you have developed and can apply to any role, i.e. they can be 'transferred' from your experiences and developed in a new role. Examples include leadership skills you have developed in extracurricular activities or teamwork skills developed in clubs or sporting activities.
- Provide a brief and concise example for each skill you list, which is a good example for an employer to gain an understanding
- In your examples, use specific examples eg: how many teams did you coach each year or how many presentations have you undertaken.
Include any recent roles or positions you have held, which are relevant to the position you are applying for. In the earlier stages of your career, this might include volunteer work, summer internships or even University/College leadership positions. These can all demonstrate important skills and experience.
Present the information in a logical order, detailing the duration (months & years)