Writing a effective resume

A resume is a very important tool in the recruitment process and its purpose is to advise a recruitment agency or potential employer of your skills and experience which in turn will hopefully gain you an interview. There are many different ways a resume can be presented and the following are ideas to keep in mind when preparing your resume.

  • Use a clear typeface and avoid applying any decorative page borders or headings
  • Include relevant information only
  • Ensure your dates are consistent and account for any gaps during your employment history
  • Personal information should only include your name, address, e-mail and all relevant telephone numbers
  • Include your career objectives, skills and education
  • Employment history should be listed in chronological order with the most recent position listed first
  • Ensure you list the company name, your position title and the period you were employed
  • List your responsibilities in bullet points using present tense
  • Illustrate any achievement