Resume tips from the experts

Your resume is a key tool when it comes to your professional advancement, so it's worth taking the time to get it right.

Once you've created your resume, a good approach is to treat it as a ‘living’ document, updating it as soon as you undertake any activity that you would like to add to it. By doing this, you don’t have to experience the stress of trying to recall all your duties, training courses and achievements in one sitting. You never know when a new opportunity may present itself and it’s important that you can respond quickly.

It's also a good idea to either email your resume to a web-based email account (old-school) so that you can access it from wherever you are, or make use of one of the cloud-based services available* (recommended). This will enable you to:

  • Maintain it more easily: simply update it and email it to yourself again
  • Access it without delay if you are away from your home and find out about an opportunity
  • Upload it from wherever you are if you want to apply for a job online
  • Have a back-up copy of it in the event that your computer breaks down

If you follow the tips above, there's a good chance you'll be grateful for it at some point in your career. Read the rest of our resume advice below, and then set up some job alerts to start receiving jobs that meet your criteria.

* There are a number of services available, from Microsoft's Windows Live SkyDrive, to Apple's iCloud, Google docs, Dropbox, Box.net etc. It may also be a good idea to see what solutions are available on your smart phone as well (usually as apps), as that can often be a determining factor. 

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