[This article was also featured in the Herald Sun, written by Kate Southam on Saturday: January 22, 2005]
I've heard from a number of college and university graduates looking for tips on laying out their resume.
Professional resume writer Neil Heaton suggests grads start with a summary of their key skills and attributes.
"Point form is fine and don't cover more than half a page," he said. Neil recommends a combination of technical or other skills and descriptions that would give the reader an idea of your personal qualities. For example, any computer skills you have as well as key phrases such as "a keen eye for detail”, "punctual", "diligent".
For those who have been in the workforce a while, "Professional History" would be the next heading but for grads, "Education" is more appropriate, said Neil. (Attach academic results as a separate document). Use "Education" to list any training undertaken, such as fitness training, first aid training or computer courses.
Next comes "Work History". Be proud of everything you have done to support yourself as each role offers valuable experience. Retail builds customer service skills, baby-sitting a sense of responsibility and so on.
"They should then list Noteworthy Achievements, which could mean a sporting achievement, school debating, academic achievement, community work or recognition for a job well done, Neil said. Employers will draw a lot from this area bout your character and abilities.
Then list "Memberships & Associations”, "Hobbies & Interests" (if not already covered) and then finally "Referees" – use switchboard phone numbers, not mobiles.
"Lastly, always send a cover letter with your resume," Neil said. "It's the first opportunity to introduce yourself and get the reader interested in the rest of your application."
Kate Southam is editor of careerone.com.au