Unless you are mega rich or content to live off welfare (not a good idea) then at one point or another you’re going to need a job.
And to get a job, chances are you’re going to need a resume.
Creating a winning resume that accurately portrays your skills and experience can make a big difference to your chances of success.
Let’s look at resumes in more detail:
A resume is a document which contains a summary of your experience and education.
As a student, your resume will be slightly different to one used by someone who’s been out of school and university for a while.
This means the expectations are slightly different for students. A good student resume is usually just one or two A4 pages long, and contains the following:
- Your name, age and contact details
- Your education details, including the names of your schools and a list of subjects you’ve studied
- Any jobs you’ve had, including volunteer work and work experience
- A list of your skills
- Any awards or achievements
- Your hobbies and interests
Your resume needs to be honest
If you feel you have a particular skill (for example, ‘good at communication’) then list it in your resume, but if you don’t have that skill then don’t list it.
You might make your resume look more impressive, but employers will quiz you on the stuff in your resume during an interview, and if you can’t back up your claims they’re not going to hire you.
Resumes don’t need to be complex
- Fancy designs and pretty colours won’t improve the content, which is the only thing employers are interested in
- You don’t need to list every. single. thing. you’ve ever done. Just the important and relevant stuff
- If you’re using acronyms like ‘PHS’ for Penrith High School, or ‘BCA’ for Business Council of Australia, then use the long version or they won’t know what you’re on about.
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Sorry for shouting, but nothing ruins a resume quicker than grammatical or spelling errors. Here’s what you need to do after your resume is finished:
- Use spell check. Every word processor has one. Be careful that your predictive text doesn’t automatically insert the wrong version of the right word (ie. your instead of you’re)
- Use Grammarly. It’s FREE. You’ll love it
- Walk away from your resume for at least 2 hours. Fresh eyes spot mistakes
- Read the whole thing through slowly. Some people prefer to print it out and use a red pen to mark mistakes
- When you’re 99% certain it’s mistake-free, get someone else to read it. Mum, a teacher, a friend, a coach, anyone.
Still not looking forward to writing a resume?
No problem, use the MHSCareers Super Simple Resume Builder instead.
All you need to do is answer the questions, and the Builder will send you a professional resume in PDF format, ready for your next application.
Just login with your school’s username and password to get started.