Relevant Industry Training
When applying for a specific job, it is important that you advertise that fact that you have relevant industry training. The training is accredited and recognised and therefore of great interest to the employer. Remember, it could come down to Qualified vs.Unqualified.
In today's technology age, it is important that you can demonstrate an ability to use computers. If you have experience with industry specific packages include them in your resume. General computer skills also need to be identified. You may wish to evaluate the level of your skills, i.e. beginner, intermediate, advanced, and list this next to the relevant programs. Do not include courses you did years ago that are rusty!
Professional Experience / Skills
This area of your resume needs to be organised, structured, and easy to read. A good structure would list;
- Commencement and Finish dates (month – year)
- Name of the company
- Position held
- A Description of your duties and responsibilities. The description should portray action. List your achievements for the job, giving yourself some value by using verbs like Assisting, Processing, Co-ordinating or Organising.
Very importantly - Do not be vague about dates or leave gaps, they will be found out.
Achievements are one of the most important parts of your resume. They indicate growth and professional development and show that you can be a valuable employee. Remember, it is important to quantify the importance of the achievement for the duties performed.
Hobbies and Interests are worthwhile listing as they can indicate what kind of activities you enjoy, a solitary hobby or a team sport. This will enable an employer to decide if you fit their employment slot, a good team player or someone who enjoys autonomy and works best on their own.
Contact details for references have become more important than letters. Make sure that you check with your referees before including them on your resume. As a general rule, new employers will not make a reference check until they have selected their preferred candidate or at least have the selection down to one or two.
In summary, your resume is your introduction to a potential employer. It is an image of you as a professional in the workforce. Design it as you would like to be perceived.