what job you are applying for, one thing that is almost always guaranteed is
that you will need to supply a resume accompanied by a cover letter.
resume can often be a daunting task as it could be the make or break of you
getting the job you’re applying for. In saying this once you have nailed the
process, you will have your own unique template document which you can continue
to come back to and change as your career progresses.
‘So how do
I write a great resume?’ you might be asking yourself. Well the following
outline along with a little help from your WAIS Personal Excellence advisor
could be just what you need.
1. Personal Details
section should include your full name and address along with your telephone
number and email should the employer need to contact you.
2. Career Objective/Personal Profile
objective or personal profile should be brief statement about any experience
you have relevant to the job your applying for whilst you can also communicate
your future career goals.
3. Key Skills/Experience
section of your resume you should include five to ten key skills, relevant to
the job you’re applying for, in bullet format referring to previous experience
where it is appropriate.
writing your skills the WAIS Personal Excellence advisors suggest that you use
a number of positive/action words such as competent, successful, participated,
developed or achieved. The use of these words will help to leave a good
impression on the employer.
not have had a large amount of experience in the past, however many athletes
possess attributes which are favourable when applying for jobs in many
different fields as a result of their involvement in sport. Some examples of
these skills may be;
Clear and precise verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to work well in a team environment.
Excellent time management skills.
includes both school and tertiary studies, written in reverse chronological
order (ie. whatever you completed first is written last). Here is an example of
how you may structure the Education section of your resume;
2015-Ongoing University of Western Australia
Commerce - Majoring in Marketing
2010-2014 John XXIII College
ATAR – 85
5. Significant Achievements and Awards
bullet point format in reverse chronological order, this section can include
any significant achievements and awards you have received whether that be an
academic achievement awards or the appointment to a position of responsibility
at your school or university.
As you list
your achievements be sure to begin each with an action verb such as awarded,
established or organized.
6. Other Courses and Training
listed in chronological order, the other courses and training section of your
resume should include anything addition you have completed which may
demonstrate your experience. This could include a First Aid Course or a Barista
Course if you’re applying for a job in a café.
7. Employment History
to the previous section, your employment history should also be written in
reverse chronological order. When listing you employment history you should
include the dates that you held the job, the name of the employer, your role
and any skills and responsibilities that you held. This information is provided
for every job position you list. Here is an example of how you may structure
the Employment History section of your resume;
August 2016 – Present Woolworths Floreat Forum Part-Time
verbal communications with customers.
– able to work quickly and effectively to complete tasks.
– identifying any issues which may have arisen and addressing them immediately.
– able to work effectively with others in order to complete tasks and solve
January 2015 – April 2016 Miss Maud’s Westfield Innaloo Casual
verbal and written communication.
customer services skills.
Solving – ability to think on feet and resolve issues in a timely fashion.
– ability to move on and complete tasks without been told, where appropriate.
– ability to work well with others in both a leadership and support role.
If you have
completed volunteer work in addition to paid employment you can also include
this in this section or alternatively you can create another section titled
***Based on the role you are applying for it may be more appropriate to place the Employment History section of your resume before the Education section. If you are unsure or need clarification, your WAIS Personal Excellence advisors are more than happy to lend a helping hand.
8. Computer Skills
If you are
applying for a job which will require you to use a computer on a regular basis,
such as a reception position, it might be useful to include a section where you
outline your computer skills. This will enhance your application and outline
your ability to use software which may be relevant to the job position. For
example you may be proficient in the use of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Power
Point, whilst you can also effectively use the Internet and Email servers.
9. Licenses Held
if you are applying for a job which may require you to have a specific license
you may consider including a Licenses Held section. Examples of licenses a job
may require are a Working with Children Check or a current ‘C’ Class Driver’s
always a good idea to include an Interests section in your resume as this
provides employers with an insight into you as a person and what you enjoy
doing away from the work environment. Interests can include anything form
sports teams your involve din to creative interests such as singing, reading or
section of your resume is your referees. This should include two or three
people who may be contacted by your employer as you progress through the hiring
process. Referees can include university lecturers, current and previous
employers or a long term sports coach. Whoever you choose just make sure you
have asked them before you list them.
listing your referees make sure you include their full name, their job title,
who the referee’s employer is and their phone number.
athletes, if you need any further help when it comes to applying for a job or
writing your resume make sure you book a time to speak to your Personal
Excellence advisors who are always willing to help.