5 Dos And Don’ts For The Perfect Résumé

5 Dos And Don'ts For The Perfect ResumeYour resume is key to securing interviews……. And securing interviews is the key to securing your ideal role! Therefore, it is absolutely vital that you have a resume that presents you as a professional and suitable candidate for the position. For professional advice as to what the perfect resume should look like and what employment / recruitment managers are looking for in a resume, please continue reading!

Top 5 Dos:

✓ Always have your name and contact details positioned clearly at the top of your resume. Address is not essential, however a mobile phone number and email address is.

✓ Ensure that the layout of your resume is flows – i.e. have everything in an order that is easy to read. For example, start with a brief profile and follow this with perhaps your objective and your core skills / strengths. After this, you can start on your employment history.

✓ Career Summary – this is purely a list of your jobs including the dates of employment, position title and employer. This provides the reader with a quick ‘snapshot’ of your career.

✓ In your employment history, do not go into detail (i.e. responsibilities) if the job is older than 10 years old or not relevant to the roles you are applying for; a succinct summary is sufficient.

✓ Presentation – it is imperative that your resume is presented professionally, and in a manner that makes your resume stand out amongst others. You can do this without using colours and decorative fonts – consult a professional resume writer for some ideas and advice.

The Top 5 Don’ts:

× Whilst some personal details are important (i.e. name, phone number and email address), most of them are not relevant at the resume stage. For instance, you should not include your date of birth, nationality, religion or gender unless it is relevant to the jobs you are applying for

× No photos! Unless you are applying for a modelling, acting or other position where your appearance is important, your resume is not the place for photos!

× Spellcheck, Spellcheck, Spellcheck!! There is sometimes nothing worse than reading through a resume where there are spelling and grammatical errors!

× Try and keep your resume to a maximum of 4 pages (unless you are a senior level executive with years of experience)

× Ensure that your resume is not too colourful! It is not a piece of art, it is a sales document (again, unless you are applying for a job where it is necessary to be artistic)

So there you go, the perfect resume in 10 easy steps.  How does your resume stack up?


NB: If you are unsure of the quality of your résumé, why not try our FREE résumé health check service. We will let you know your résumé’s strengths and weaknesses, advise where you can correct it yourself and provide a price for correcting it for you.

Kylie Micallef

Kylie Micallef of Rewarding Resumés is passionate about assisting people in achieving their career aspirations.With a background in recruitment, HR and Professional Indemnity Insurance, Kylie is very skilled in perfecting resumes for clients at all levels, across all industries. Kylie has recently been featured in a number of articles and blogs as a result of my resume writing expertise, including: Dolly Magazine and blogs for Reverie Coaching (as a guest ‘Mumpreneur”) and Job Flex.

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