Make sure that your resume is up to date, especially in regards to referees and contact phone numbers.Your resume needs to be concise with all relevant details and work experience listed. Don’t go for flashy text styles and colours that can overshadow the information contained within. Remember that most interviewers are highly experienced in reading resumes and will very quickly sift through your resume and disregard any irrelevant information or gloss. They will also see through any inconsistencies with employment dates and a quick reference check will highlight any discrepancies in your resume.Be as truthful as possible with your information, don’t sell yourself short but also don’t try to oversell yourself. Tailor your resume to highlight your experience with the type of work being applied for. Short concise descriptions of your employment with relevant technical information (ie. types of industries worked in, machines worked on or software packages used).Don’t feel that your resume has to be a small book, 3 to 4 pages is acceptable and a “professionally” prepared resume is not always best.

Start your resume with your most recent position and work backwards from there. If you are emailing your resume, ask the company which software package they use and don’t use the title “resume.doc” or “John’s resume”. Remember that many people will be sending their resume. You need to title your resume with your surname first followed by your first name or initial. ie. “Smith John.doc”

If you send a covering letter, make it brief stating only the position applied for and why you are interested in it. Your resume should contain all of the relevant detailed information.