Writing An Effective CV
Your resume needs to be able to quickly attract and hold the attention of the prospective employer. Your resume is representing you so make a good first impression and take the time to create a good resume!
- Your resume is a selling tool, so don’t sell yourself short! The purpose of your resume is to get you invited to an interview or for a meeting.
- Often the initial person receiving your resume may not be the person who is actually responsible for hiring. Their role may be to short list resumes so you need to be able to make the cut! Therefore make sure that it contains the relevant skills for the role to ensure you are screened in and not out.
- Present your resume in a sharp, clear and concise format. Don’t make it too lengthy. Four pages is spot on. Three is a little short and five is a little long.
- Include your interests to show that you have a life outside of work. Be wary of including what may be considered unusual interests!
- Your resume is a reference point in the interview so make sure it is accurate as you will be challenged on some of its content.
- When you get to the interview, your resume can act as the topic for your discussion. It is acceptable to bring it with you and keep it in the interview however; you should only refer to it when it is needed. When in the interview relate your work experiences listed to the job you have applied for – make them see why you are a good fit for the role.
- Presentation matters!
Layout & Content
It is best to keep the resume layout and design legible, consistent and easy to follow. Below are some helpful hints to ensure your resume is well presented and easy to read.
- Use a font that is professional such as Arial or Times New Roman.
- Be sure your references support your application for a role, explain the details of the role and let them know why you think you will fit the position you are applying for.
- Have consistent and clear headings.
- Orientate your resume towards specific achievements, duties and responsibilities. The resume should tell a prospective employer things that might interest them.
Your resume should have your name and address, and at least one contact phone number that you can be reached on during working hours. It is often useful to give your mobile number and an email address that you check on a regular basis. These personal details should be placed at the beginning of the resume.
It is up to your discretion as to what you disclose, if it is not really important to your resume then it is usually best to leave out, however if you feel they are important put them in.
Giving your residency/visa status is a relevant detail as it shows your availability to work.
Interests, hobbies and any clubs you are involved in are best put at the end of the resume.
List your qualifications (professional and tertiary) in order or chronological order –either or so long as they are listed with dates. What is important is that you actually have them. It is also important that you have the documentation to support what you list because in interviews you could be asked to present them.
You should summarise your working experience and skills early on in the resume, in most cases it is best to do a skill’s table (use the example on our web site). The purpose of doing this is to attract the reader’s attention from early on and encourage them to read further.
List your working experience in chronological order as it makes it easier for prospective employers to read. When you detail your work history write in the company, dates worked, the job title and then go into detail about your responsibilities, duties and skills attained.
It is often good practice to write the technical environment in which you were working for each job/contract you did.
Explain the gaps in your resume, it is not unusual to have gone travelling for a year, so if you were off from work explain why.
It is a good idea to continually update your resume, and once you have, send a copy to your consultant to ensure you are identified of new positions that fit your skill set.
At some point during the recruitment process your referee’s will need to be identified.
It helps if you have relevant contact details and their job title.
It is also important to seek permission to include someone as a referee and let him or her know the recruiter will be contacting them.