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How to Write a Winning Resume A resume, curriculum Vitae or CV are all one and the same thing. However, having an affective one (or not) can mean the difference in getting that dream job or continuing in your present one. An effective resume is one that gets results. It’s the first stage of the application process, and the purpose of it is to get you an interview. All the effort spent on writing a good resume is worth it and the tips below will help you write a resume that gets results. 1. You have to sell yourself to get the best jobs and your resume is the first point of sale. Treat your resume as a personal ad or brochure. Spend time to develop it. 2. Make sure your resume is well laid out and easy to read. Leave plenty of white space. 3. Things to include on your resume are: a. Name b. Contact details (home phone, mobile phone, email address) c. The name of the suburb you live in is good, but not essential d. Education and Qualifications e. Memberships or affiliations f. Your objective – what you are ideally looking for. (You should tailor this to individual roles) g. Key achievements (these should be business related, not personal). h. Employment history: date / company / role description (in date order, starting with your current or most recent employment, and ending with your first employment. Always put the month and the date of each employment – a pet hate is only having the year shown. A title and brief job description will suffice for positions held more than 15 years ago.) i. Some people like to put a photograph on their resume, but again, this isn’t essential. 4. Use concise, unambiguous sentences. Avoid flowery writing styles. 5. Use key words to describe situations. E.g. the project was on time and under budget; 6. Referee details can be put on the last section, or you could simply put: ”Referees available on request”. 7. Your resume should be no more than 6 pages in length. Do not make the mistake of trying to include all information. Your resume should read like a brief summary of your career and experiences not a biography. Keep the details for the interview. 8. Never lie on a resume. An experienced interviewer will be able to see through your "fabrications”. 9. No need to include your age, sex or marital status. 10. Explain any gaps in your work experience (e.g. returned to education, travelled, parental leave). 11. Make sure there are no grammatical or spelling errors. Check verb tenses. 12. Re-read the resume to make sure it flows properly.
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