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It’s important to adapt your resume to fit the type of job that you are applying for,  the type of work that you do and your career profile. If you are moving industry,  it is best to shift emphasis on the resume to match the new job or industry requirement.

The two common types of CV formats are:

  • Chronological resume : This format is the most common and is best used when you’re applying for a job in a similar industry to your current one. It lists your experience in chronological order,  with your current or most recent job at the top.
    You should give more space and detail to your more recent roles,  when your most important achievements were likely made.
  • Skills-based resume : Consider using this type of CV if you’re changing to a different industry or career path. It’s useful when you want to emphasise your transferable skills and abilities,  rather than your career history.

List your achievements and key competencies ahead of your work history,  and collect the best example situations from all your previous roles to illustrate your relevant skills for the specific job you’re applying for.

Use key words from the job advertisement to ensure your resume is relevant whilst linking your experience directly to the job’s requirement.

Resume is not just a document listing our personal details,  work experiences and qualifications. A well prepared CV enhances our chances of being invited for the important interview. Here’s our guide to help you write a truly great resume that stands above the rest and gets you shortlisted for an interview.

Step-by-Step Guide To Writing A Good Resume

Step 1: Contact Details

Include your full name,  address,  phone numbers,  email address and,  if relevant,  your LinkedIn and Twitter account names,  ideally as hyperlinks.

Only use a professional-sounding email address,  and avoid ones that sound too casual or which use nicknames such as ‘teenboy25@gmail.com’ or similar.

We recommend leaving out your date of birth,  unless it’s relevant to the role.

Step 2: Summary/ Opening Statement

It’s a great idea to give a quick snapshot of your key strengths,  either as a two or three-sentence summary of how you best fit the role,  or as a bulleted list of your main skills,  talents and selling points.

The opening statement also gives you an opportunity to tailor your resume for each job application. Adapt it to be as relevant as possible and create different versions that directly address the requirements listed on a specific job ad.

Step 3: Work Experience

Outline your career history,  beginning with your current or most recent role,  listing your job title,  employer name,  dates of employment,  responsibilities and skills acquired,  and highlighting your achievements.

Choose only your key responsibilities and achievements,  and tailor them so they’re relevant to the specific job for which you’re applying.

Use active verbs rather than nouns or passive verbs,  e.g. ‘Managed and delivered key projects on time and within budget’ rather than ‘Projects were delivered on time and within budget’ or just ‘Project management’.

Step 4: Education & Training

List your highest qualification first.

Unless you’re only recently out of college,  there’s no need to list your secondary school qualifications in much detail (if at all).

Unless you’re only recently out of college,  there’s no need to list your secondary school qualifications in much detail (if at all).

List the institute name,  years you attended and qualifications gained.

Step 5: Hobbies & Interests

A brief snapshot works best here,  to reflect your personality without going into excessive detail.

Avoid listing overly personal or mundane hobbies and interests. If you don’t have any interesting hobbies,  it’s better to leave this section out altogether. However,  if your hobbies are relevant to the company you're applying to,  they could even help you get an interview,  so emphasise any interests that align with the company.