What to Include in a Resume?

  • Keep a resume concise but at the same time check if it contains all the essentials: correct contact information, professional summary, skills, experience, education, and personal qualities.
  • It is better to place all your contact information on the top of the page and make sure all information you include is relevant to the position you are applying.
  • Personal Details – Contact details, Visa Status if applicable, LinkedIn details
  • Career Summary & Objectives – 100 -200 word summary
  • Academic Qualifications – Year completed, Title of qual, Institution
  • Employment History – Most recent first. Explain gaps or short durations in roles. Include dates and position titles, responsibilities & achievements
  • Professional Development– Additional training courses & awards, papers presented any relevant PD you have completed
  • Referees – Line Managers

Are your Social Media platforms suitable?

*Ensure your online profile is professional.

  • Screen all social media platforms with ‘eyes of a potential employer’.
  • Is your social media content suitable?
  • Does your social media reflect the values you speak to in your resume?
  • Check your images, posts, ‘likes’
  • Does your LinkedIn experience match your resume?
  • Are your Facebook setting ‘open’ or ‘private’?
  • Is Instagram an open page?
  • If you GOOGLE your name what do you find?

The Importance of Networking

Networking is definitely an essential part of the job seeking process. It can help you detect potential job openings and even to get selected for an interview with no efforts.

In today’s climate with lockdowns, remote working arrangements and increased use of technology you can increase your professional network by following these three simple steps:

  1. Create a professional online presence
  2. Build you LinkedIn Profile

Creating a strong online professional profile

  • Identify your top 50 companies
  • Follow these companies on LinkedIn
  • Like, Share and comment on posts that match your practice approach
  • Add people you communicate with and add a personalised note when inviting them to connect
  • Follow up with a message once connected
  • Try to arrange a meeting if suitable

All things LinkedIn: Have you created a LinkedIn Account for prospective Employers?

  • Edit your Profile
  • Include a Photo
  • Professional Summary
  • Include Keywords and Skills
  • Contact Settings
  • Profile Website Links
  • LinkedIn Applications – Blog
  • Your Public Profile
  • Grow Your Network
  • Get Recommendations