article was also featured in the Herald Sun, written by Kate Southam on
Saturday: January 22, 2005]
I've heard from a
number of college and university graduates looking for tips on laying out their
Professional resume writer Neil Heaton suggests grads start with a summary of
their key skills and attributes.
form is fine and don't cover more than half a page," he said. Neil
recommends a combination of technical or other skills and descriptions that
would give the reader an idea of your personal qualities. For example, any
computer skills you have as well as key phrases such as "a keen eye for
detail", "punctual", "diligent".
who have been in the workforce a while, "Professional History" would
be the next heading but for grads, "Education" is more appropriate,
said Neil. (Attach academic results as a separate document). Use
"Education" to list any training undertaken such as fitness training,
first aid training or computer courses.
Next comes "Work History". Be proud of everything you have
done to support yourself as each role offers valuable experience. Retail builds
customer service skills, baby-sitting a sense of responsibility and so on.
should then list Noteworthy Achievements, which could mean a sporting
achievement, school debating, academic achievement, community work or
recognition for a job well done," Neil said. Employers will draw a lot
from this area about your character and abilities.
Then list "Memberships
& Associations", "Hobbies & Interests" (if not already
covered) and then finally "Referees" – use switchboard phone numbers
"Lastly, always send a
cover letter with your resume," Neil said. "It's the first
opportunity to introduce yourself and get the reader interested in the rest of
Kate Southam is editor of careerone.com.au