In this article we will explain how to make good resume or cv for the job or what type details include in your resume.


Your resume or CV is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn't matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have - if your resume is poorly presented or badly written, you're going to have trouble getting the job you want - or even an interview.

Taking the time to work on your resume is really important. The information on this page offers some tips and advice on how to make your resume the best it can be.

Generally it's always good to present the information on your resume in this order:

  1. Contact details
  2. Opening statement 
  3. List of key skills 
  4. List of technical/software skills
  5. Personal attributes
  6. Educational qualifications
  7. Employment history
  8. References/referees

Not everything in this list must appear on your resume every time, and the order can change from application to application. The most important thing is to get the most useful information across first. For example, if your education history is not specifically related to the job, put it toward the end of your resume, behind the information that is related to the job.

Contact details

Make sure you include your name, email address and a contact phone number, your website on your resume. You don't have to include your home address, although there might be some situations when doing so would be a good idea.

Don't include your contact details in the header of your resume. Recruitment software sometimes has difficulty reading information in headers or footers, so it's a good idea to avoid headers altogether.

You can put your contact details in the footer of your resume, but if you do, you must make sure they're also in the main body of the document.

Opening statement

An opening statement is a summary of who you are, where you've studied and/or worked, what is your challenges in the job, and what you bring to the job. It should be about six lines long and written in first person without the personal reference .

Your opening statement should start with one sentence about who you are and what you bring to the job, then describe the skills and attributes you have that suit you to the job.


Key skills & strengths

Your resume should include a list of between 10 and 15 skills that link your experience to the job you're applying for.

If the job you're applying for was advertised, either the ad or the position description may provide a list of skills and experiences that are essential for doing the job. It may also provide a list of "desirable" skills and experience. Your list of key skills & strengths needs to respond to all of the items on the "essential" list and as many items as possible on the "desirable" list.

When putting together this list, think of things you've done or learned to do as part of:

  1. Jobs you've had
  2. Your studies
  3. Any work placements you've done
  4. Any volunteering you've done

Technical/software skills

This is a short list of the names of software or technology you know how to use. Examples might include:

  1. Word processing or spreadsheet software
  2. Programming languages
  3. Tools
  4. applications

Personal attributes

If you haven't got much work experience, a list of personal attributes can be another way to demonstrate that you're the right person for the job.

Things you could include in this section might include ways you can demonstrate that you are reliable, honest, trustworthy or quick to learn new things.  

You can include between three to five personal attributes, but make sure you don't include them instead of your key skills.

Educational history

Your Educational History only needs to show your highest level of education. You don't need to include your results, unless showing them proves how well you're suited to the job.

If you can, you should also include a few bullet points listing your academic achievements (e.g., school or class captaincies, awards you've won, or groups you've been part of, any type of application development etc.).

Employment history

When providing your employment history, start with the your most recent job and go backwards from there. Give the position title and the dates you worked there.

If you haven't had a job before, you can use other things to demonstrate your experience, including:

  1. Work experience you've done through school
  2. Work placements or internships that you've done through university
  3. Volunteer work you've done

For each job provide a list of the things that you achieved while in that job, and the significant contributions you made to the organisation. Make sure that these achievements and contributions match the key skills and strengths listed earlier on your resume.


Your resume should list two people who can positively recommend you as an employee. Ideally your references will be people that you have worked with before. Provide their name, their position title, contact details, and a way that they can be contacted.


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