Résumé Writing

A résumé is a document that you have to prepare when looking for a job. It should include all relevant information about you which you think could get you a job. A résumé is a professional introduction meant to encourage a one-on-one interview which could lead to a job prospect.

In some parts of the world a résumé is know by other names like the Curriculum Vitae, Career profile or Bio data. Although each of these are slightly different from each other to suit the contemporary job markets and the different employability styles in the relevant countries, they all have one purpose: a record of achievements to help a job seeker get a good job.

A résumé should be precise and easy to read. It should outline all your relevant education and experience, but should not be more than 2 pages and . It should include who you are, what qualities you have and what you can do. There are different kinds of résumés and there is no right or wrong résumé.

There is the Professional résumé and the Chronological résumé; the Functional résumé and the Contemporary résumé. A slight variation of the Functional résumé is a résumé called the Skills-based résumé. This is commonly used by job seekers who apply for a variety of skill-based jobs which are available in the Australian job market.

Of all these, the Functional résumé is the most popular among Australian employers, although it is not unanimously accepted by all of them. Some job seekers follow the combined résumé format which includes styles from all the above-mentioned résumés, while many prefer the skills-based variation.

A Skills-based résumé usually has to include 7 sections of which 5 are very important and 2 are optional. The important sections of a résumé are:

1. Career Objective

2. Skills and Attributes

3. Education

4. Experience

5. Referees

While the 2 optional sections are:

1. Career Objective and

2. Interests

For job seekers who have a wide range of experience and qualification more information can be included under additional sections like Other training, Volunteer work, Membership, Professional Development, Conferences, et al.

Another type of résumé is the Academic résumé which is similar to a Curriculum Vitae, but simpler in format and content. This résumé is popular with job seekers who are applying for university education, academic positions or professional jobs. Below you will find links to a power point presentation on Résumé Writing and a template for skills-based resume which is the most relevant résumé for you to follow. There are also some Tips to writing a good résumé, Points to remember, a Résumé Critique checklist and a lot more information, including a power point presentation on Resume writing.


Revised: May 26, 2011 4:44 am
@ Bernard Lewis (EPU, NAVITAS English)