A beginners guide to creating a successful resume

Whether you are applying for a casual position at your local café or full-time work after high school, it’s safe to say you will need a resume sometime soon. It’s important to create a killer resume, ready for when you need it!

Although writing a resume may seem overwhelming, it’s important to understand that not everyone’s resume will look the same. Everyone has unique life experiences and skills, which can be presented in a variety of different ways. Overall, your resume is a document that should showcase your most relevant work experiences, skills, achievements, volunteering experiences and even your hobbies!

If you writing a resume for the first time or are just looking for some added guidance, The Youth Partnership has put together a step-by-step guide to assist you in creating a killer resume!

Provide clear contact details

Include your full name, city (you don’t need to include your actual home address), email address (make sure it is a professional one) and your mobile number. There is no need to include your date of birth or a photo of yourself unless of course, the employer requests this information.

Think about your objective

Think about what are you looking for in your next role and what skills you have that are relevant to the job you’re applying for. This will help guide the basis of your resume and ensure the information you provide aligns with the employer’s expectations.

Prioritise relevant work experience

Include a list of your work experiences at the top of your resume. This may be any paid work positions, helping a family member out with their business, volunteer work with charities or sporting clubs and/or any work placements you have completed relating to your studies.

Be specific about your past education

In addition to providing the name of your high school, add the names of specific courses that relate to the job you’re applying for. Be clear about whether you have completed your HSC or any TAFE course. Don’t hesitate to include any additional online courses or education, if it is relevant to the job role.

Highlight your skills for a killer resume

Do you have any relevant skills for the job? Ensure you emphasise a variety of soft and hard skills to show you are well-rounded. Soft skills include interpersonal skills, such as how you communicate with others. In comparison, hard skills are the skills you will need to undertake a specific job. This may include incorporating past training you have completed in the usage of construction equipment if applying for a construction role. List any skills you have learnt practically at school or at work placement.

Show off your personality

Aside from capturing your relevant work experiences, your resume is a chance to showcase the best parts of your personality. Do you play any sports or have a hobby? Try to include a diverse list of hobbies that show you a variety of skills that are relevant to the job. For example, by including that you play a team sport, you are showing the employee you have experience working in a team.

Emphasise past leadership positions

Including leadership experience in your resume is a great opportunity to get ahead of someone who may be applying for the same role. List any sportsmanship roles where you were the captain. Ask yourself, did you have a leadership or management role at your casual job in the past? Or were you part of your school’s leadership team or Student Representation Counsel (SRC)?

Showcase past achievements

Have you won any awards, scholarships, or competitions at school or in the community? Incorporating your achievements gives you a competitive edge and reassures the employer you are a reliable, hard-working individual.

Handy tips for a killer resume

  • Include adjectives and keywords that you can relate to from the job advertisement;
  • Avoid using elaborate fonts, design or bright colours;
  • Don’t undersell yourself and don’t oversell yourself;
  • Be true to yourself and don’t lie about anything on your resume;
  • Tailor your resume to the job advertisement;
  • Ask a friend or family member to proof-read and check spelling mistakes;
  • Use a professional email address e.g. your.name@gmail.com;
  • Keep it short – 1 to 2 pages is ideal.

We hope this guide on how to write a successful resume helps you to prepare for your first job interviews and future applications. If you need extra assistance to feel confident in applying for jobs in the future, contact us today.