The most fundamental thing about your resume is that it must be easy to read. You only have a few seconds to make a first impression, so here are some tips:
- Structure the information in a logical way, with clear divisions between education, work experience, skills, contact information, etc.
- Choose a font that’s pleasing to the eye and easy to read, and avoid using a font size that’s too small.
- Leave spaces between different places of study or employment.
- Don’t clutter your resume with information that’s not relevant or important at this stage (such as passport details or your hobbies, unless they are directly related to the job).
- Make sure that you use the correct job titles for your past positions, and that they make sense to the reader. For example: ‘Sales Representative’ rather than ‘Seller’. ‘Work History Analyst’ – what is it, exactly?
- Use correct terminology.
Search seek.com.au for the job you think you were doing. If you can’t find exactly the same title, it might be that Australians have a slightly different name for this role. Judging from the description of the duties, work out what your past position is called in Australia and use the relevant job title on your resume when outlining your work experience. Again, remember: don’t use word-for-word translations for job titles.
Spending this extra 10 minutes on getting your job titles right could save you many frustrating weeks of job hunting in the long run, so treat it as an investment in your future career.