BEFORE you even start thinking about impressing in interviews, you need to make sure your resume is in perfect order.
More importantly, you won't even get as far as an interview if your resume isn't right on the mark - it needs to get to the point, convey the right information, and present you as the ideal candidate for the role.
What exactly should be included, and how should it be presented? Here's a few key tips to getting your resume in order.
First, what's the difference between a resume and a curriculum vitae, or CV?
More than anything else, the biggest difference is the length. A resume is typically a page or two, summarising your skills, education and experience. It's concise, to the point and succinct.
A curriculum vitae is longer than a resume, and includes more detail about your education; relevant teaching, research or academic experience; and professional memberships or accreditations.
Regardless of which you are compiling, don't over do it. Neither should be a blow-by-blow account of the last 20 years of your life.
It should provide the important highlights of your working career.
Same goes for your education history. Primary school doesn't matter. If you have completed post-high school studies, give this priority over your high-schooling information.
If there are gaps in your employment history - say, time off to have children - mention it. You're better off including the fact that leaving a big gap in your timeline.
Personal information isn't crucial - include enough to give your potential employers an insight into who you are, but don't feel like you need to list all your hobbies and interests.
If it's relevant to the application, keep it in, but if in doubt, leave it out.
List any relevant workplace achievements. This whole exercise is focused on your proving your suitability for the job, so there's no better way than by demonstrating what you've done in previous roles.
Presentation-wise, keep it clean and simple. Maybe use a little colour, but don't overdo it. If you're not a graphic designer, don't try to be.
Let the content tell the story, and then wow them in the interview.
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