A resume (sometimes referred to as a CV) is a document that lists your skills, work experience, education, training, abilities and personal strengths.
It demonstrates your suitability for a job and is the main document a hiring manager will read before deciding if they want to meet you.
Your resume is a sales tool that opens the door to a job interview
It ‘sells’ you and demonstrates what you can bring to a job, team and organisation.
Even if you don’t have a lot of work experience, having a resume is very important.
While there is no set length for a resume, most resumes are between one and four pages.
Here’s what you should include
The order in which these things appear can depend on the job you’re applying for and how your experience/skills/education relates to that job.
For example, if you’ve done a similar job that demonstrates the skills and experience required for the job you’re applying for, you should prioritise your employment history on page one of your resume.
If your qualifications or education are the most relevant aspect of your job application (and perhaps your work experience is less relevant), then use this as a guide when you’re arranging the order of your resume.
You might decide to change your resume for each job you apply for, so you can highlight the most relevant skills and experience for each job. To do this, start with finding key words in the job description or advertisement and thinking about how your experience applies.
Your resume could also include feedback from previous managers, teammates or customers. It can be powerful to use other people’s words to demonstrate your experience and abilities.
Here’s what not to include
While every job, employer and situation is unique, here are some general rules about what not to include:
What to include if you don’t have a lot of work experience
If you need to write a resume and you don’t have a lot of work experience (or your experience is in a different field), don’t worry.
Job applications and resumes are about demonstrating transferable skills - and not all skills are gained through employment.
Don’t forget that you can include the following in your resume:
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