Resume writing

Recruiters and employers are time poor, so it is imperative that your resume is brief and relevant to the position you are applying for. Some tips to help you in the process include:

  • Put your personal details (name, address, contact number and email) at the start of your resume, (including your preferred name, if you have one)
  • Place more focus and relevance about your current or recent jobs, and less about the past
  • Ensure that your skills are linked/matched to the criteria of the role you are applying for
  • Use clear, straight forward yet professional language
  • Formatting is important; Use one font and font size. If you wish to emphasise a particular point, highlight it in bold; if you have many points, use bullet points to summarise
  • Make sure that you write clearly and concisely. This is your opportunity to make a good first impression, so make sure that the grammar is correct and the spelling is accurate, again, this is a reflection of you.

How you list and describe your previous job experience is important.There are certain key points that need to be included for every position you have previously held. They are:

  • Company name
  • Position held
  • Start date and end date
  • Brief description of responsibilities, good to summarise in bullet point format
  • Any achievements, especially if they are relevant and can benefit your next employer

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