Writing Your Resumé

A short guide on how to write effectively:

1. Relate your relevant skills, knowledge, abilities and attitudes to match that of the employer’s requirements. Be thorough in your research and determine what it is he or she is after in a potential employee!

2. Demonstrate with relevant information and provide empirical evidence of the skills, knowledge, abilities and attitude that the employer is looking for. Give specific examples, making sure that you quantify all your statements. Employers will take you seriously if you back up what you write with relevant facts and details.

3. Captivate the employer by selling what is unique about you. The aim of your CV is to differentiate you from the competition. Be prepared to add some extra ‘oomph’. One effective method is to include an achievement section in your CV.

A resumé is your identification card, something unique to you, which shows prospective employers who and what you are, and what you can offer to their business. However, writing a resumé that stands out from the majority of professional resumés can be quite difficult.

There is a very standard and formulaic resumé format, with basic information listed at the top, followed by education history and job experiences. A resumé that can break the stock standard mould is one that grabs an employer’s attention and is so startling that they can’t help but be intrigued by you as a potential employee.

Talk about your successes, such as voluntary work, awards or positions of responsibility, or any entrepreneurial projects, mentoring schemes, community projects or fund-raising campaigns that you have been part of, languages that you are fluent in, or university societies that you have joined. You should be trying to make your resumé stand out and be different by adding interesting anecdotes from your professional career.