When looking for a job, your resume (sometimes known as a “CV”) is your most crucial tool. It doesn’t matter how qualified you are or how much experience you have; if your resume is poorly presented or written, you will have a difficult time landing the job you desire – or even receiving an interview.
It is critical to devote time to improving your resume. The material on this page will provide you some pointers on how to make your resume as good as it can be.
What should the length of my resume be?
A resume does not have to be a specific length. The length of your resume is determined by your experience and education. One or two pages is ideal if you haven’t worked much previously, but three pages is acceptable if you’ve done a lot of research and work.
Make sure your resume isn’t too long. If your resume is only one page long and well-presented, it may receive better results than a two-page resume jam-packed with irrelevant material.
Is it necessary for me to update my resume for each job application?
Every job application requires you to personalise your resume to the exact needs of the position you’re looking for.
You may not need to make many changes, but you should make sure that your opening statement, important abilities, and personal traits all react to the needs of the role, based on the job ad (if one existed) and your research.
You should also personalise your resume to demonstrate how your work experience directly relates to the requirements of the position you’re looking for.
How to Personalize Your Resume
You can customise your CV in a variety of ways, including:
- Linking your expertise and education to the organisation and job criteria in your opening statement
- First, make a list of your most important abilities.
- Including examples of accomplishments that fulfil the job’s specified requirements
- Using key terms and phrases that are specifically relevant throughout your resume (see “Keywords” in “What Your Resume Should Include”, below)
What is the best way to organise my resume?
In general, it’s best to display your resume’s contents in the following order:
- Information about how to contact us
- Statement of the Case
- A list of essential talents
- The following is a list of technical and software talents.
- Personal characteristics and a career summary
- Qualifications in education
- Work experience/volunteering/work placements
This item does not have to appear on your resume every time, and the order might vary from one application to the next.
The most important thing is to convey the most pertinent information first. If your education history isn’t directly connected to the job, for example, list it at the bottom of your resume, after the information that is.