Resume Tips

Resume Tips

The objective of a Resume (also known as a CV) is to detail your relevant skills, knowledge and experience that meet the vacancy’s requirements.

​It can be easy to overlook certain things when you’re rushing to get your resume in but, by following these tips, you can be sure you’re on the right track to get an interview!

  • Use prominent words from same/similar job descriptions;
  • Format your resume in reverse chronological order;
  • Keep your resume to one or two pages;
  • If you’re not applying for a creative role, don’t bother with a creative resume;
  • List your name, contact details and additional info at the top on one or two lines;
  • Don’t include a photo unless requested;
  • Add a link to your online portfolio, LinkedIn or professional Twitter;
  • Include a summary statement that says who you are, where you’re going and what value you’ll bring;
  • Illustrate your skills with numbers e.g. “Increased sales by 12% over a five month period”;
  • Make sure to list your qualifications, training history and employment history from newest to oldest so employers can see your most recent first
  • Limit yourself to six bullet points per job when listing duties/responsibilities;
  • Keep your resume to 2-3 pages and use a common font such as Times New Roman or Arial in sizes 10-12
  • Make sure to use the same font, headers, footers and/or borders as you do on your cover letter and selection criteria so the documents match.
  • Use a proofreading tool and ensure you use the correct country’s spelling rules.


  • Any information that could discriminate you (age, gender, marital status or ethnicity);
  • A list of your hobbies or interests that don’t relate to the job; for example, having “sports” listed as an interest may make a potential employer think you are a greater risk for suffering injury and needing time off work;
  • References that can’t speak about your past or current job performance;
  • Unexplained gaps in your employment history; be proactive and explain them on your cover letter in a clear and concise manner;
  • An unprofessional layout; avoid bright colours and arty designs;
  • Buzzwords; your resume may be shortlisted by a staff member who doesn’t know the industry so, if they can’t understand your industry’s jargon, you may be overlooked.


  • Personal details – name, contact number/s and email address/es;
  • Career summary or career objective;
  • Qualifications, training, licences and professional memberships; include the year you obtained each one and remove any expired ones;
  • Demonstrated Skills and Abilities; do not list personality traits;
  • Employment history – name of organisation, period of employment, job title and a list of your duties, responsibilities and achievements;
  • Volunteer history; name of organisation, period of volunteering and a list of your duties or responsibilities;
  • Referee’s details – full name, name of organisation, job title and contact number/s. Alternatively, you might choose to write a statement such as “referees will be provided upon request”

Check out the other articles in Leah’s Job Application series, Job Interview Tips, Selection Criteria Tips, and Job Application Tips

Administrator by day and resume and cover Letter writer by night; Leah owns and operates her online hobby Resumes By Leah.  In the four and a half years of living in Townsville, Leah and her husband have enjoyed exploring the beauty and history of tropical North Queensland.

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