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CV Tips

Writing a resume needn't be a dreaded experience. All you really need is an articulate plan that covers your experience, achievements and aspirations. Your resume is your personal marketing tool, so use it.

Below is a quick guide on what to do and what to avoid:

Personal Details

These should be centred at the top of the page and include your name, address, phone number, mobile and email. Make sure you only use professional sounding email addresses.

Birth Date and Marital Status

You are not obliged to include either and do not need to include these details on your CV.

Layout

Keep it simple, avoid colours, use bold for headings and a font type that's easy to read. If you're going to use bullet points, use only one type.

Put your best foot forward

Summarise your strengths right up front. Either list your key strengths as bullet points or create a brief career profile. The aim of this section is to give the person reading your resume a quick taste of what you have to offer.

Bullet points seem to be the most popular option and remember to be as specific as you can. "Excellent communication skills" doesn't mean anything unless you explain how you acquired them and in what industry.

Career Overview

This is a quick preview of what can be found in your CV. A paragraph long, you should touch on your professional, academic and industry training. Personal attributes are optional and your career goal or objective could be mentioned in the last sentence.

Remember to keep this info factual. Don't litter it with fluffy, meaningless words.

Employment History

Outline your career history starting with your most recent job first, using the following structure:

  • Job title, employer, dates
  • Description of employer
  • Responsibilities
  • Achievements

Education & Training

This section can cover school, university, TAFE training, industry or in-house courses, and any other professional training you've completed or are in the process of completing. Always start with your highest qualification first.

Referees

If you include referees, always include names and phone numbers, but not mobiles. Alternatively you could mention that references are available on request.