Resume Tips

If you are creating a resume for the first time, it is best to keep it simple. Here are some tips to help you get started.

What is a resume?

A resume contains a brief account of work experience, knowledge and accomplishments to date.

What information do I need to include?

At a minimum, your resume should contain the following key sections:

Contact Details Full name and address, phone contact details including your mobile number, email address.
Qualifications List your qualifications with the most recent at the top. Ensure you include:The institute/school/University/TAFE you attended.  Where you attended, ie. Melbourne, Australia.  What was the resulting qualification ie. Certificate II - Forklift driving or Certificate I - Business Administration.  The date you completed your course.
Work History & Experience List your work history with the most recent at the top. Include the company you worked for and the start and end dates of your employment.
You will also need to list the responsibilities you had and your achievements whilst in this job.
Referees At least two people you have worked for (Supervisor or Manager) in the past who are happy to talk to a prospective employer.
Additional Information You may also want to include information on organisations you are a member of and any licenses or permits are applicable to your industry.

Additional Resume Tips

Remember your resume must represent your true skills and experience, so ensure all the information you include is true and accurate.

  • Keep it simple and short, a resume should not be longer than 2-3 pages.
  • Always check your resume for spelling and grammar. Better still, get someone else to check it for you.
  • Avoid fancy covers, excessive colours or unusual fonts.
  • If you have access to a computer, make use of the Resume Wizard template which can be accessed in Microsoft Word. This will help you make your resume look professional!