If the answer is "Yes" you're in the right place!
At the start of our Help Creating a Resume Guide we gave you a heap of reasons why you need a great CV or resume to get noticed these days.
We also gave advice on CV and resume preparation and warned you against rushing in.
In a moment we'll describe 3 specific resume and CV formats and in our downloadable guide we'll give advice on when and when not to use each, with examples.
But whichever CV or resume format you use, you usually need to break down key information into these main areas:
If someone else is likely to answer your main phone number, instruct him or her on what actions to take and make sure you get any messages that come in.
You don't need to mention your health or whether you are married, single, separated etc. You should also leave off other family details such as how many children you have. If these factors are likely to impact your ability to do the job youre applying for, you can address this in the job interview. Leave the space on your CV or resume for something else that's more relevant and will actually get you that job interview in the first place.
This is a short, punchy summary of why you want the job, why you're suitable and what benefit you'll bring to the role. Go back to page 4 for help creating a resume objective or personal summary.
For each job include:
If you have large gaps in your employment, provide a brief explanation as to why, on an appendix if you like.
If you've had continuous employment with one company, highlight any promotions or job role changes within that period of time. It's a positive sign if your current company has promoted you. One of our example resumes shows you how to do this.
Do not include reasons for leaving.
In your work history, only provide details for the last four or five jobs, over the last decade or so. If you feel you must include earlier positions, do so only briefly. As we mentioned before, if you need to include all of your career history and it's particularly lengthy, do this in an attached appendix instead of on the main CV or resume.
For more help creating a resume work history go back to page 3.
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List relevant qualifications first, with your best at the top of the list. Then follow with your less relevant qualifications if they are still good to most employers. Include the names of the qualifications, the level they are at and the university or organization which awarded them.
If you have attended any particularly relevant courses that relate to this particular job, make note of them here. Name colleges and universities you attended and dates. Mention the skills you developed while on the course, rather than listing the course content or simply naming the course title.
Unless a course it's particularly recognizable and/or of particular value, don't mention it. Simply mentioning the skills you learned will be enough, usually. If the course is particularly relevant and/or prestigious, mention it but be sparing in the description. You do not want your CV or resume crammed with unnecessary detail.
List these in bullet form, most relevant first. Remember what we said about building a resume using 'trigger' words on page 5.
Very briefly provide any other relevant information you believe is necessary for this particular job -- if there is room. For example:
List applicable current memberships, but be very brief and sparing -- there's no need to mention every one. Relevant ones are best.
Mention only if you're quite fluent, and state your level of fluency.
Interests and Hobbies
This is optional and can be left off unless it is truly going to help you get an interview. When you get to this section, consider the following before you include any information:
If you've followed the advice on the last 6 pages, you've done all the hard work -- well done!
Our help creating a resume continues with advice on choosing the right CV or resume format.