As recruiters, we are often asked “what should I include on my resume?”. So, we have put together a list of frequently asked resume questions and answers to help your resume stand out from the crowd.
How far back should my work history go on my resume?
The general rule is about 10 years give or take depending on the roles you have previously held. It is always beneficial to make a note at the end of your employment record saying, “previous work history beyond this point available upon request”.
Do I really need a summary or objective statement?
The short answer is yes! However, your summary shouldn’t be very long, use clear language and get straight to the point. There is a difference between summary and objective to keep in mind. Summaries describe your work and experience and an objective will state your short-term or long-term goals.
How long should my resume be?
This is dependent on your work experience and education history, typically up to 3 pages is the average.
Should I put my birthdate on my resume?
We always advise keeping personal information off your resume, such as birthday, gender, full address, relationship status, photo of yourself, etc.
Is it still applicable to include hobbies and interests?
Adding hobbies and interests should only be done so when appropriate and relevant to the job you are applying for. Sometimes employers will review this section of a resume as a ‘pre-screen’ to you being a cultural fit for the organisation. It is also the perfect place to list down any volunteering you’ve been doing or have previously done.
What order should my resume be in?
- The recommended flow of a resume is as follows:
- Personal details – name, contact information, etc.
- Objective or summary
- Career history
- Skills – tailor this for each job you apply for using keywords
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