The resume is often the first contact a prospective employer or recruitment consultant has with any candidate.
This is your opportunity to quickly gain their interest, display your experience, qualifications and skills whilst retaining their attention.
In the side sections are a number of tips on building a resume that will gain and retain interest and provide all the relevant details whilst remaining brief.
(If you are responding directly to a specific job advertisement, the importance of a covering letter highlighting particular aspects of your resume is often a valuable addition to your application.)
- Full name
- Date of birth
- Marital status
- Contact information (including telephone numbers and an email address)
NB: There is no requirement to include information about your age, marital/parental status or religion.
- Listed in chronological order, include the name and location of the educational institution and dates of attendance.
- Qualifications and grades should be listed accordingly.
- Listed in chronological order, include the name of the issuing body and/or institution along with dates of qualifying.
- Potential employers are interested in language skill sets that include the ability to read, write and speak fluently.
- In the UAE market for example, the normal requirements are fluency in English and Arabic, however if you have additional languages they could also be noted.
- A short and concise list of IT literacy including exposure to standard IT packages as well as specialised programs and ERP systems
Internships and employment should be highlighted in chronological order indicating specific employment periods, the employer’s name, position held and location of the role.
The content of this section should include a brief description of job responsibilities, positioning within the business structure, reporting lines and management activities.
The inclusion of achievements (i.e. promotion, positive reviews or projects) will provide a general overview of your accomplishments.
- A well rounded CV including personal interests is something employers look for as they seek to employ people who are proactive and a cultural fit for their corporate environment.
- Your CV must be presentable, well organised and consistent
- This relates to anything from font style to text size and ensuring new headings and titles are bolded or underlined as necessary
- In most cases the less complex design and format will prove more effective.