• List your responsibilities in each job (high level only)
  • List your key achievements within each job – be specific about what you achieved (Eg. Achieved a savings of 10% on project X by doing XYZ)
  • List any qualifications you have / courses you have completed (including the institution at which you gained the qualification / attended the course)


  • Create / decide on the template you are going to use. There are some great templates available in Microsoft Word, or on the internet
  • Begin populating the template with your work experience (including responsibilities & achievements), starting with your most recent role first
  • Add in your qualifications / courses you have attended
  • Include a comment about Referee details (see below)


  • Save it in Microsoft Word format
  • Check your formatting (tips below)
  • Check that the information on your resume matches the information contained in your LinkedIn profile (if you have one) – any discrepancy will raise a ‘red flag’ with an employer
  • Make sure that the email address you use on your resume, and for your job applications is professional (hotstuff@gmail.com won’t impress a prospective employer!)
  • Be sure to tailor your resume for each job application. Read the job ad carefully and ensure that your resume addresses all of the key criteria
  • Keep your resume to 3-4 pages in length
  • Always ask permission before including someone’s name and contact details as a Referee. It is generally acceptable to note that ‘Referee details will be provided upon request’ (unless the job ad specifically asks for these to be included in the application)

General Formatting Tips:

How your resume looks is also important – make sure it is clear and easy to read.

  • Font: use a basic, easy to read font. Arial, Times New Roman, Calibri or Georgia. Be sure to use the same font throughout the document, and check that the font size is consistent throughout - recommended font size is 12
  • Spelling & Punctuation: check all spelling and punctuation for accuracy, don’t rely on spell check!
  • Format: you can include a brief career objective at the top of the page, followed by an overview of your employment history, or you can simply start with your most recent role first
  • Proofread: You proofread it, and it’s also good practice to have someone else proofread it as well
  • Keep it brief and to the point: keep the focus on your most recent job/s (and provide only a high level overview of the jobs you were doing early in your career)

What to Avoid in your Resume:

  • Don’t leave any date gaps – if there was a period of time you were out of the workforce, include the dates along with a brief description of what you were doing (eg. studying, travelling, career break, family responsibilities)
  • Avoid slang, jargon or abbreviations
  • No need to include:
    • Photo of yourself
    • Date of Birth
    • Gender
    • Marital Status
    • Nationality
    • Religion
    • Information on family responsibilities

Remember, your resume is the first representation of you to a prospective employer –

don’t underestimate the importance of the quality of it!

Alternatively, if you'd prefer to spend your time looking for the perfect job, or relaxing, rather than stressing about your resume, we can take care of it for you .... click here to find out more about our Resume Writing Service

How to write a resume - what tie include in a resume - what to avoid when writing your resume

We all know that you need a resume to apply for a job .... it's just such a hard job, right?!

No!! It doesn't need to be!

The below hints, tips and steps will see you writing a high quality resume, demonstrating your skills, experiences and qualifications within no time!

How to get started ....

  • Write down all of the jobs you have had - what company you worked for, what your position was (generally speaking, you can leave off the first job/s you had after leaving high school
  • List the dates you were in each job (month and year is fine)

​Writing a Resume: Hints & Tips

Jobs for Mums - advertising jobs suitable for mums