How to write a resume
Purpose of writing a resume
Your resume is your personal sales tool for success in business. It is of paramount importance to introduce yourself and your skills to the potential employers. It is also essential to plan what to include in your resume
- You must grab the reader’s attention with the relevant information
- You must hold the reader’s interest
- You must create a desire for the reader to meet you
- You must give sufficient information which matched with the offered job.
A great cover letter can differentiate your CV from the countless others. It is an excellent chance to summarize your skills and experience, and get across any key points that do not fit within the format of your CV.
Below are some guidelines when you are writing your cover letter:
- Where possible, address the relevant contact listed in the advertisement
- Include the job title, reference number and where and when you saw the advertisement
- Be concise and explain why your skills and experience are relevant to the advertised role.
- Clearly state why you are interested in the position and company
- Describe what you could bring to the job that sets you apart from the others
- Avoid lengthy repetition of information covered in your CV
- Ensure you tailor your cover letter for each job
- Negative information of any sort should be avoided
- Keep your cover letter between 3-4 paragraphs in length
- Ensure that you spell check and proof read your cover letter thoroughly before submission.
Never undermine the importance of your CV. Your CV determines whether you can make it through to the interview stage.
- Personal Details
- Career Interests (Expected Salary , Availability)
- Education & Qualifications
- Career History
- Summary of Skills
A warm reminder
- Use a common programme such as MS Word
- Print on two-sided
- Ensure there is plenty of white space making it easier for the reader to read
- Use a standard font size that is easy to read on screen
- Use subheadings wherever possible
- List your employment history starting from most recent job
- List your employment history with the months as well as years
- Include any volunteer and charity work, or other significant achievements
- Include contact details of at least two referees.