Resume Sample and Tips - Answers

Tip 1: Personal details

You can include your personal details in two lines. Notice that only the most important contact details are provided including: name, address, telephone and email.

Tip 2: Objective

There are at least 4 uses for the objective:

  • Is to align your values and purpose to the values and purpose of the company and the job.
  • To explain any confusing discrepancies in your resume (eg fine arts degree with MBA).
  • To inform recruiters as to what type of position and company you are seeking.
  • To capture the imagination of the reader - to stand out.

Tip 3: Education

Tailor this section to the job you are applying for. Don't just repeat your transcripts. Highlight particular knowledge and/or skills gained in the course that are relevant to the job. You could also highlight any relevant research projects, thesis topics or even applied projects.

Many graduate employers are interested in your academic achievement at university. Highlight any achievements such as: awards, prizes, good results or high average grade point, even consistently good grades as this shows consistent quality and effort.

Include non-university educational qualifications here, such as technical courses or other TAFE or community education activities. This helps to display your range of skills and you motivation to learn practical skills.

Tip 4: Achievements 

Try not to use only high school achievements.

If listing scholarships and other awards, show what criteria the award was based upon.

Tip 5: Employment history (or professional history or professional background)

Describe your general role, achievements within the role, projects undertaken, skills used and responsibilities in this section. Use detailed, concrete description, including: 

  • Skills, equipment, knowledge, procedures used.
  • The scope of your activities. (eg how many, how long, to what degree, what percentage etc).
  • How did your achievement in this role contribute the the department's or oganisation's success?

Tip 6: Skills (or key competencies or core competencies)

Select approximately 6 of the most important skill areas for the job and detail your professional and transferable skills/knowledge and any relevant personal qualities. Ensure that any claims to skills are supported somewhere on the resume (eg employers should be able to see, from other sections in your resume such as employment history, education, or extra curricula activities, where you have gained each of the skills and how you used them.

Give clear, detailed and accurate descriptions of your skills here and it often creates an impression of what you can do. 

Tip 7: Main areas of knowledge (or relevant knowledge)

This is an optional section to be included in your resume, when your specific knowledge of some area/s may be important for the position. This may be a competitive edge for you as a new graduate, having a current and up-to-date knowledge base and/or theoretical frame work for the skills you will use in the job. Non-graduates may not have such broad or relevant knowledge.

An example of where knowledge could be a competitive advantage is for a Commerce graduate with a major in Accounting (who had the corresponding accounting, taxation and audit skills) and had KNOWLEDGE of finance and economic theory in which to base their practice. KNOWLEDGE of various sections of taxation and company law could also be important and relevant for this type of role.

As an alternative to including a 'KNOWLEDGE' section, you could include this information in your education section or employment history if the knowledge was gained in those settings. 

Tip 8: Professional memberships (or professional associations or professional qualifications)

This section demonstrates your interest in continuing professional education. It can also be used to demonstrate that you have the appropriate qualifications to allow you to practice your profession in the state and the country.

You may wish to include any details of professional status or qualification you have received.

Include dates and any ongoing professional education activities you have undertaken with the association.

Tip 9: Other details

Make it interesting! What type of person would you want to work with?

Use this section to help complete your image on paper.

You can also use this section to include other personal details that don't fit easily anywhere else. For example, you could include details of your work visa status if it was important to the job you are currently applying for. 

Tip 10: Referees

You do not have to list referees, unless requested by the employer.

Usually at least two current employment (within the last two years) and one academic referee are expected when referees are requested.

Always notify ask whether your referees are prepared to act as your referee and, if possible, give them some details about the position you are applying for.

Avoid listing contact details for referees if you are using recruitment agencies, unless specifically requested by the employer.