How to write a good resume

by newintstudents


As part of our careers series (note there is no picture for this)

Here are some of our hints to writing a good resume for any job.

 Layout and Grammar
Check the spelling of all the words. Also check the grammar. Get someone else to. Use the RMIT careers service if need be.
If you volunteer with the Student Union you can also ask them to check your resume for you.
If you join any associations to do with your course and the job that you are applying for is relevant to your degree you could ask the association to have a look at your resume. Most industry associations do have resume checking sessions from time to time to assist job seekers like yourself.
It will take about five seconds for the employer to read the resume.
The layout needs to be simple, clear and concise. You can have a look at some sample resumes on the Careers site.

You might have to go to a few careers seminars. RMIT holds them weekly via their careers service  Their careers service has got quite a few good resources on writing resumes and interviews etc. There are also other job seminars all year round.

Also seek and Careerone has some good examples of these for you to look at

Content
End the letter with “I’d like to hear from you soon about a possible interview” and “Yours sincerely . Address it to the right person.
Your personal details go at the top of the resume. Never have an email address with sexy, naughty or something like that as that is seen as unprofessional. you want it to be professional as possible. And don’t put your blog works in there unless it is a professional writing job or marketing job.
As with your work experience only list the ones that are relevant to the job that you are applying for
Make sure that you have the relevant experience needed for the job. If you need some, volunteer with Student Union etc. Because the employer sees this as the number one top priority rather than academic grades. They want to make sure that you can do the job.

Referees
Make sure that you have at least three good referees. And don’t forget to list their contact details. What might be another good idea is to see if you can get a reference from them

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