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Effective Resumes

Resumes are an essential tool in the job searching process and everyone should aim to construct winning resume tailored for your potential employer.

In this article, we will highlight the format of a good resume, how to illiustrate your achievements and the 'Dos & Don'ts' in creating a good resume.

 

The format of a winning resume

The length of your resume should aim to cover 2 pages and no more than 3-4. Always be concise in your job description. Avoid long sentences. The resume will provide a database of skills, experience and achievements from which you should select material to reflect the requirements of the specific post. A resume should begin with a profile overview of you. Remember that your resume will form part of the script for the interviewer's questions. Do not allow gaps or unclear explanations to take up the precious time allotted to you so, try to neatly match their requirements. A resume should also give some idea of your future potential. Please indicate any additional qualifications or courses that you are currently studying.

Illustrate your achievements

It is not sufficient to simply state the posts and responsibilities that you have held. It is vital to illustrate how well you have carried out this work through your list of achievements. How does an achievement differ from responsibility? An achievement is a statement of how you have added value to an organisation.

Chronological resumes

The most widely accepted style is the chronological resume Career history is presented as a series of appointments with the achievements listed against each one Presented in reverse date order, with the most recent appointment first It is advisable to specify the industry you have worked before and the role you've held in the company.

    DOs & DON'Ts

    Dos
    • List your professional, higher education qualifications and school results
    • Show recent training attended or presently attending
    • Include genuine foreign language skills
    • Get someone independent to look at your resume when you have completed it - not a friend or family member. Ask for their opinion. Ask the right person!
    • Refine it a number of times until it is right
    Don'ts
    • List every training course you have ever attended
    • Provide negative feedback or comments on your past employers
    • Add superfluous details about your marital status, children, religion or political affiliations, etc
    • Include a list of all of your interests and hobbies. Add only personal activities that has a direct bearing on your suitability for a particular post.