Resume Writing Tips 2019

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First impressions really do last and when it comes to applying for a job you make your first impression with your resume. That’s why it’s important to get it right the first time. Employers will pass you over for many reasons including; poor layout, incorrect spelling/grammar, too short/long etc. If your resume isn’t visually appealing at a glance then you may simply be discarded as an option. Seem harsh? Maybe, but the job market is highly competitive which means you need to stand out but not in a bad way. Read on for our Resume Writing Tips.

What to include in a resume – The must have’s:

First & Last Name

Address: Full address is optional, at least include your city and state/province

Phone number & Email address: Seems obvious right? Well apparently not for some. Too many times I have picked up the phone ready to call a candidate and low and behold no phone number. Make sure the phone number you use is active and that you use a professional email address

Professional Summary: A short paragraph summarizing your skills and experience

Highlights: Eight to ten dot points outlining your most relevant skills and experience

Work Experience: Company name, Job Title, Date employed to/from and four to five dot points covering your main responsibilities (one sentence per dot point) that are most relevant to the position you are applying for

Volunteer experience: If applicable. If this isn’t applicable, I suggest going out and volunteering

Education: University/College Name, Course Name and Completion date. If you didn’t go to University the same applies with your secondary education information

Achievements/Awards: Award name and year received

References: Either include them or leave this section off altogether

There are many resume writing tips out there but keep it simple and you should be able to fit all of this onto two pages, maximum. See Instructional Sample Resume below.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Use a professional email address ie “[email protected]” – Avoid “[email protected]
  • Clean up your resume history by removing short term jobs and irrelevant experience to the position you are applying for
  • Include some color to your resume but do not go overboard
  • Avoid using a profile picture on your resume as this is only acceptable if you are applying for acting work
  • Use popular document formats ie: PDF attachment preferably. Do not paste your resume in the body of the email

Sample Resume: Functional resume for first timers

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Resume writing Tips – Sample Resume 2019

Sample Resume