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How to write your resume
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Your resume is an incredibly important document.  It is the first point of contact you have with a prospective employer, so take the time to prepare it well.  So how do you write a great resume?  And what should your resume include?

Personal details
  • name
  • address
  • contact numbers
  • public service number (if applicable)
  • security clearances, if any
Education and training
  • post school and school qualifications
  • accredited training
  • licenses
  • non-accredited training
  • special skills you can bring to the workforce
Professional/work experience (starting from the present)
  • positions and responsibilities you have held
  • key results or achievements
Hot tips
  • be concise
  • do not include every task you've done
  • focus on what is most important for the position you are applying for
  • focus on what will differentiate you from others
  • focus on the results you have achieved, not just the duties you have performed.
  • include voluntary and community work if it demonstrates your skills and the value you can add.
Address all selection criteria
  • respond to key words
  • be concise and specific
  • use short words and direct sentences
  • provide relevant examples
  • give evidence - what results have you produced in the past?
  • address all parts of the criteria 
  • avoid jargon or generalisations
Light bulb
The only purpose an application serves is to get you to the interview. Your resume is therefore a marketing document that must sell you.



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