Writing your own resume can be daunting if you are not sure what to include. Contact information, education and employment history are some of the elements that employers will look for in your resume. Here is an easy guide to writing a simple resume.
Important details such as your name, address, contact numbers and email need to be included. I usually add these details in the header section - this way if you have a long resume the details are carried across to the second page. Make the font size of your name larger as this is basically the title of your resume. You want employers to remember your name.
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You may like to include a career objective as the next part of your resume. It can be difficult to put your goal into words. Think about what you would like to achieve. Here are some examples:
- I would like to contribute to a dynamic team while developing my skills in editing.
- I would like to use my knowledge and skills to develop my career in sales.
Make a list in reverse order of the places you have worked. Include the name of the business, the dates that you worked there, your position and duties. Follow these examples:
May 2010 – present
- Editing, writing and publishing
- Customer liason
- Knowledge of publishing process
September 2005 – April 2010
The Time Magazine
- Creating advertisements
- Use of Adobe Photoshop
- Customer liason
Add a few of your most recent education courses. If this is your first resume, you might like to write down the subjects you are studying at school and possibly your most recent grades (if they are flattering). Here’s an example:
2003 - 2006
University of Southern Queensland
Bachelor of Digital Arts
St. Francis High School
Subjects studied: Media, Maths B, English, Business, ICT, Design
Write a short list of the programs you are able to use that are relevant to the job. This may include Microsoft Office applications such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Publisher. A graphic designer may include Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Macromedia Fireworks. If it is relevant, you may include personality traits such as reliable, friendly or flexible.
Hobbies and Interests
Some employers like to know your interests outside of your profession. Hobbies such as writing, reading, art, sports or languages should be listed under this heading. You can include interests like video games as well as long as there are a variety of different activities. This will show your prospective employer that you are a well-rounded person with many interests.
At least two, but optimally three people should be listed as your referees. These should be professional people such as former employers. List their name, position and the company they work for as well as their contact number. Ensure that you have asked these referees for their permission to be added to your resume. Some employers ring these people to check your reference.