A resume is a summary of your work experience and education as a portfolio for you to showcase your skills to a potential employer, think of it as a marketing tool rather than a report. A perfect resume is succinct and grabs the reader’s attention by demonstrating that you are the right person to do a particular job.
Whilst a resume should be an individual reflection of you, there are some general rules to follow and standards items to include:
Standard Sections to include in your resume:
Name (include preferred name if applicable)
Contact details (at a minimum include your telephone number and email)
Career Objective or Statement
A career objective or statement provides the reader with an understanding of what drives you and where you see your career taking you. The career statement is also an ideal time to summarise what you can offer a potential employer.
Your key skills should be reflected in your responsibilities or achievements. Otherwise they may appear to be unsubstantiated claims.
Qualifications (in reverse chronological order).
Include the name of your degree, the institution and the year completed or due completion.
Employment History (in reverse chronological order)
Include company name, the dates you worked and the position you held. You may also wish to include a brief description of the company eg. XYZ manufactures chemicals for hospitals, including a link to their website is another option.
For each position held you should provide details of:
Your responsibilities: What you did in the organisation. Give an indication of the scope of the role
Any achievements: Include successful projects, initiatives, how you added value. Quantify your achievements or outcomes (with numbers or percentages) where possible.
Also include relevant further information such as residential status (visa type held if appropriate), language skills, computing skills (highlight engineering packages), community work, short courses attended, professional memberships, hobbies and interests.
NOTE: It is not necessary to include extensive personal detail such as date of birth, marital status and names and ages of children.
It’s more common now for the names of referees to be given out on request, this gives you the opportunity to brief the referees first. If you prefer to list them, do so but make sure they know. Always seek permission to use someone as a referee, just because you worked for them doesn’t mean they have to be a referee for you. Choose people who are supportive of you and were in a position to comment on your skills, experience and achievements. Ensure you have up to date contact details for your referees including current job title, telephone numbers and email address.