By Zoe Taylor
Writing a resume can be tricky business. It’s often hard to decide what to include and what not to include, as well as how much detail you’re required to go into. In this post, we’ve included an example of a great resume, and some guidelines for writing your own.
Use a logical format for the layout, with easy-to-read font such as Times New Roman or Arial. Use size 12 font for the body text, and size 14 font for the headings. Ensure your resume contains no spelling or grammatical errors! It’s also best to tailor your CV to the specific job by only including experience that is relevant to the position you’re applying for or industry you’re trying to break into. Don’t make a general resume and send it out to all kinds of businesses – it’s always obvious when you do.
You can also include two or three references and their best contact email and number at the bottom of your resume. These can be teachers, previous employees or work colleagues. Make sure you ask their permission first, so they’re not caught off guard when the employer contacts them.
Dos and Don’ts
- Make your resume visually appealing and easy to read
- Use clear, concise writing and active voice (as opposed to passive voice)
- Include any relevant achievements and other details about jobs that relate to the position you are applying for.
- Include a photo or make your resume an artwork. Too much detail is distracting and irrelevant.
- Use abbreviations or industry jargon. Spell it out for the employer – make sure you’re understood.
- Include experience that is irrelevant or out dated.
- Most importantly…don’t lie!
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