Choose a style: chronological or functional, and remain consistent.
Chronological: A chronological resume organizes work history in reverse chronological order. This means listing your most current job first, and then working backwards through your employment history. This is the standard format.
Functional: A functional resume is organized according to relevant skills. A potential heading could be “Project Management.” This format is advised if you are making a career change, have gaps in your resume or have changed jobs frequently as it will focus on your transferable skills which will apply to the job you are applying for.
Be concise, and use indicator nouns to help the client quickly see why you are a great candidate for the job. A general rule for most jobs is to keep the resume length to a maximum of two pages.
Remember your resume is the recruiter’s first impression of you, and will likely dictate whether you will be presented to a client. Double check resume for grammar and spelling mistakes!
Make sure your previous job titles are correct and not exaggerated; the same with dates of employment listed by month and year. Any inconsistencies will reflect badly on you, and may result in your removal from the selection process.
Customize your resume to the specific position, and include key words found in the job description.
Do not list “Hobbies” unless it is to highlight a transferable skill.
“References provided upon request” is no longer added to the end of a resume. Have ready a separate document with your references and their contact details, so that you will be prepared to submit immediately when requested.
Use a good quality paper for printing hard copies; the quality will reflect well on you.
Send the resume online in the format requested. If not specified a PDF is the standard.