Quick Tips About Writing A Resume

Quick Tips About Writing A Resume

Experience Block value 45%

Education Block Value 30%

Easy to read – Value 10%

Skills – value 15%

  • Start with your name, address, date of birth (although with age discrimination laws now in force this isn’t essential), telephone number and email.EXPERIENCE
  • Use action words such as developed, planned and organised. Even work in a shop, bar or restaurant will involve working in a team, providing a quality service to customers, and dealing tactfully with complaints.

IF YOU ARE A FREELANCER

  • Always use the same rules, you must have personal skills, achievements, and use actions words.

EDUCATION

  • Your degree subject and university, plus A levels and GCSEs or equivalents. Don´t forget to mention all important subjects related with the job you are applying…

SKILLS

  • The usual ones to mention are languages (good conversational French, basic Spanish), computing (e.g. “good working knowledge of MS Access, Word and Excel, plus basic web page design skills”.

>> If you are a mature candidate or have lots of relevant skills to offer, a skills-based CV may work for you. Mention all the intersting and value skills for the job.

ABOUT ME

  • Write about your interests and achievements. Keep it simple and short.
  • Don’t use the old boring cliches: “socialising with friends”.
  • Don’t put many passive, solitary hobbies (reading, watching TV, stamp collecting) or you may be perceived as lacking people skills.
  • Any interests relevant to the job are worth mentioning: current affairs if you wish to be a journalist.
  • Any evidence of leadership is important to mention: captain or coach of a sports team, course representative, chair of a student society, scout leader.
  • Anything showing evidence of employability skills such as team working, organising, planning, persuading, negotiating etc.

REFERENCES

  • Many employers don’t check references at the application stage so unless the vacancy specifically requests referees it’s fine to omit this section completely. But if they ask for one you must have at least two referee.

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