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How To Write The Perfect Resume

More often than not, your resume is the first impression that you'll make on a potential employer. Here's some ideas on how to present yourself clearly and professionally.

It is worth noting that each recruiter's idea of a 'perfect' resume will be slightly different. Nonetheless, your resume will in most cases, be the 'thing' that gets seen first. Remember, a poorly constructed resume can give an immediate negative impression, and perhaps prevent you from securing that all important interview - so it's worth spending some time to get it right from the start.

Taking a little time on design, construction and wording and using the following guidelines to write and submit your resume, will ensure you promote yourself to your best advantage.
  1. Start with your personal details. Full name and contact details including all useable telephone numbers. Avoid superfluous details such as religious affiliation, children's names etc...
  2. Educational history and professional qualifications should follow, including name of institutions and dates attended in reverse order - university before school results. List GPA and any certifications attained. (These details will matter more if you have recently entered the job market, than if for example you left full time education 20 years ago).
  3. Include computer skills and (genuine) foreign language skills and any other recent training/development that is relevant to the role you've applied for.
  4. Career history is next. Present this in reverse date order starting with most recent. Achievements and responsibilities are listed against each role and more emphasis/information should be put on more recent jobs.

General tips
  • Remember, your CV is essentially marketing you. Bear this in mind when choosing the information you include.
  • It should be clear, concise and easy to read. Explain any gaps in career history. Double-check your details. Avoid falsehoods and inaccuracies.
  • Double check the entire CV carefully for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes and to ensure that each point makes sense.
  • Ask a neutral person to review the whole document before you send it.
  • Also bear in mind that interviewers will use the details you have provided to form questions at interview.
  • There is no need to include your reasons for leaving each job on your CV but be prepared to answer these questions in your interview.
  • Your CV should ideally cover no more than two pages and never more than three.
  • Current salary details should not be included.
  • Attach a Linkedin profile to your resume, it's the place to be for all things career and professional networking
LinkedIn provides one of the best opportunities to increase your visibility and credibility with potential employers and members of your brand community. It also lets you stay connected to large networks of contacts. You can add recommendations, videos and images in your summary and experience fields, you can develop a truly three-dimensional view of your brand. Using all the features of this powerful online tool will help you paint a compelling picture of who you are in the real world.