What to Include in Your Resume

27 March 2018


Personal Details. The most important personal details to include on your resume are your full name and contact information - it’s best to include both your phone number and email address.

Career Objective. If you are a recent university graduate or school leaver without much professional experience, you might like to begin your resume with a career objective. If you are a more experienced professional who has been in the workforce for some time a career objective is less necessary, however you may want to replace the career objective with a career summary, briefly describing your professional profile.

Work Experience. List your most recent positions including name and location of the organisation you were employed by, title of the role you held and the dates you were employed. Put together a list of your responsibilities in point under each role (should be no more than 15) be sure to make sure you have a separate list of achievements under the responsibilities for each individual role. Internships and volunteer work can also be mentioned here.

Education and Qualifications. List your most recent educational accomplishments first, be sure to include your qualifications, the institution it was completed at and the graduation dates. If you have achieved any special awards be sure to mention this here too.

Additional Information. Create headings such as “Strengths”, “Skills “or “Interests” and list key competencies that would be relevant to the position you are applying for. Information that shows your proficiency in computer programs, languages or any other knowledge should be listed here.

References. It’s a great idea to include a few references at the bottom of your resume. A referee can be a previous manager, co-worker or a tutor from university – ensure you ask for their permission before listing their name and contact details. Otherwise you may wish to write “References available on request”’

Format and style. The format of your resume should be clear, neat and easy for others to read and follow, use one or two fonts and include clear headers, paragraphs and bullet points. Always ensure that your resume has perfect spelling and grammar throughout.