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Tips on Resume Writing

When candidates are applying for a job or inquiring about vacant positions, they usually submit a document known as a resume. This document should provide concise information about the applicant’s academic and professional experience and it should offer other helpful information, such as the candidate’s personal attributes, their interests and any additional and/or relevant skills they have. The style and language used in resume writing should be formal and business-like and the tone should be official. Generally, resumes are submitted with motivational or cover letters.

Steps Required to Write a Resume

  1. The candidate should read the job notification or advertisement carefully and generally learn as much as they can about the company. Find out what is required from applicants in terms of duties, responsibilities, education and work experience.
  2. Devise a general layout for your resume. Place all your contact information – name, home address, email address, phone number and date of birth (optional) – in a suitably styled header.
  3. In the third of our resume writing tips, we recommend you develop specific objectives.
  4. Describe your educational career, beginning with the institution you most recently attended.
  5. Describe any professional (work/career) experience you have, of both the paid and unpaid variety, beginning with the position you most recently held. Include the full and correct name of the various organizations you were employed by as well as a short description of your duties and responsibilities at each one. State the duration of each position and provide a name and contact details of a person you reported to or, alternatively, provide contact details for the Human Resource department of each organization.
  6. Describe any other experience you have, as well as any other skills you have and/or any voluntary work you have undertaken. This is always a good idea, whether you write your own resume or use professional resume writing services.
  7. Describe briefly your most positive personal attributes (anything from three to five words is sufficient) and, if appropriate, list any extracurricular activities or interests you have. While these need not be work-related, they should be indicative of your character.
  8. Describe your computer skills/literacy in a separate section, especially if the position you are applying for is technology-related. List any specific software or programs you are knowledgeable in as well as any foreign languages you can speak, particularly if the company you are applying to is a global/international one.
  9. In this final tip on how to write a resume, we recommend you proofread your resume thoroughly at the end to ensure it is grammatically accurate and that the punctuation is correct.

Main Points for Consideration

  • A good resume is one that is concise, specific and properly structured. Do not forget you will be able to attach a cover letter so this gives you further opportunity to provide more detailed information about your background, experience and objectives. Provide factual information that reflects your skills, qualifications and experience.
  • Provide specific information about your previous positions. This is possibly the most crucial section of your resume. It is where you describe your value and previous job success to a potential employer. So, be careful to provide the correct title of every position you held, together with a short list of bullet points outlining your duties, responsibilities and achievements. Additionally, it helps to provide accurate contact details of any relevant individuals or Human Resource departments you reported to, so that it is easy for a new employer to verify your claims.
  • You should be careful and accurate in choosing words that describe your objectives. With resume writing, a lot of people struggle to stay within the word limit of short sentences – anything from seven to ten words. The important thing is to remain focused on the position being applied for. Select the most important duty, task or activity that position requires and develop your objective around that.
  • When listing your personal traits, avoid describing any characteristics that are not relevant to your work abilities. While, for instance, it is good to say you are creative, reliable, responsible punctual and communicative, it is best to avoid saying you are a kind, compassionate, sensitive, emotional, humorous and fun-loving person.