A resume is a vital document that determines your chances of getting the job you want. From an employer's point of view, the purpose of a resume is to help him/her evaluate if you are suited for the job. Thus, it is important to highlight aspects of yourself that are impressive and relevant to the job that you are applying for in a presentable manner.
If you have never written your own resume before, fret not. Below are two examples modified from actual resumes by jobseekers, which should give you an idea of what you should and should not do.
A positive example of a resume
- As this resume shows, the use of consistent formatting, bold text, subheads and bullet points results in a neat document that allows an employer to quickly obtain the information he needs.
- Crucial details such as contact information, education and working experience should be displayed upfront, while the inclusion of voluntary work, hobbies and past achievements later on will help to differentiate you from other jobseekers.
- A photo helps an employer to put a face to your application, but if you decide to include one, make sure that the photo is professionally-taken and displayed at the top right or top left corner of your resume.
- 2 pages is an ideal length for the resume of a fresh graduate who may not have much working experience. Counter this by elaborating on internships, part-time jobs, school projects or extra-curricular activities that you may have been involved in thus far.
- An employer will want to know your expected salary and date of availability. It is advisable to state your expected salary as "Negotiable" in your resume, and if you are listing down referees, make sure that they are aware of you doing so before submitting your resume.