Resume tips

Do’s and Don’ts for a winning resume.

The purpose of your resume is to sell yourself, gain an interview and ultimately a job.


  • Spark the reader's interest. Sell yourself. Make it easy for the reader to contact you.
  • Provide an accurate, honest summary of your experience, skills and achievements (include a maximum of the past 15 years).
  • Demonstrate how you could add value to the prospective employer.
  • Keep it short (3 pages), easy to read, font size 12.
  • Include short statements with dot points; not long wordy sentences.
  • Use perfect grammar and spelling (have someone else proof read).
  • Include appropriate titles, keywords and action words (created, solved, managed).
  • Speak with numbers (e.g. increased turnover by 185%, managed a team of 35, was responsible for a sales budget of $25 million).
  • Avoid jargon and industry acronyms.
  • Tailor your resume to the requirements of each job.


  • Include personal information such as age, marital status, race, religion.
  • Add hobbies and interests unless they are a definite asset to the job or employer..
  • Include negative statements or irrelevant information.
  • Use up space unnecessarily with fancy test or pictures.
  • Over use capital letters, underlining or bold.

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