How to write a resume
A resume is a brief summary of personal, educational, professional experiences used for job applications. Many ways of writing a resume exist and most resume writers have their own views on how it should be structured. At the end of the day, there is no wrong or right way of constructing a resume as this will depend on your personal preference as well as the job you are applying for.
Often if you are a student and just starting out, your resume will be vague yet outline your key academics achievements whilst focusing on personal skills and attributes rather than employment history. Hobbies and interests also play an important role as it portrays your characteristics and how you can fit in with the work culture of your prospective employer.
Professional white collar
A professional resume will generally open with a summary providing a convincing snapshot of your skills and experience and is generally desired by many hiring managers or recruiters. For professionals, there will be a bigger emphasis on your education as well as employment history and how it will correlate to the job you are applying for. The key is to focus on the key selection criteria of the job aimed for and showcase this throughout your resume. Specific details about each role should be selective and concise with a strong focus on professionalism by using correct terms and avoiding any jargon.
Trades and blue collar
Resumes for these types of roles should be basic and straightforward. It is always good to include an objective, outline any education, personal skills relating to the job, tickets and licenses that relate to the industry or job, as well as placing a big emphasis on your previous employment history. Keeping your employment history vague yet informative is desirable. Generally with these types of roles, it is advantageous to list personal references as the job may be recruited in high volume and readily available information allows for a hassle free recruitment process.
Overall, it is important to keep in mind that first impressions count and should be your key focus whilst writing your resume.
Other considerations when writing your resume:
• Have a strong introduction and opening. Focus on your objective and what you aim to achieve and why you are the right person for the job.
• Know the order of your resume. A standard resume should include in order an Objective/Summary statement, Education, Employment History, Personal Skills and Attributes as well as References at the end.
• Focus on accomplishments rather than responsibilities. Include any promotions, KPI’s or targets achieved that may be of interest for the next role.
• Avoid the use of jargon and ugly formatting. Easy to read resumes are generally more effective when they are understood and capture the correct information.
• Hire a professional resume writer. It can be hard to be objective about your own skills and experience. It is important not overstate or to sell yourself short.
Most importantly, it is advantageous if the resume writer has previous experience as a recruiter or hiring manager and they have been on the forefront of shortlisting and will know the type of resume that will tick the boxes.