The resume is often the first contact a prospective
employer or recruitment consultant has with any candidate. This is your
opportunity to quickly gain their interest, display your experience,
qualifications and skills whilst retaining their attention. Below are a
number of tips on building a resume that will gain and retain interest and
provide all the relevant details whilst remaining brief. (If you are
responding directly to a specific job advertisement, the importance of a
covering letter highlighting particular aspects of your resume is often a
valuable addition to your application.)
Date of Birth
Contact information (including telephone numbers and an email
NB: There is no requirement to include information about your age,
marital/parental status or religion.
Listed in chronological order, include the name and location of the
educational institution and dates of attendance. Qualifications and
grades should be listed accordingly.
Listed in chronological order, include the name of the issuing body
and/or institution along with dates of qualifying.
Potential employers are interested in language skill sets that
include the ability to read, write and speak fluently. In this market,
the normal requirements are fluency in English and Arabic, however if
you have additional languages they could also be noted.
A short and concise list of IT literacy including exposure to
standard IT packages as well as specialised programs and ERP systems
Internships and employment should be highlighted in chronological
order indicating specific employment periods, the employer's name,
position held and location of the role.
The content of this section should include a brief description of
job responsibilities, positioning within the business structure,
reporting lines and management activities. " The inclusion of
achievements (i.e. promotion, positive reviews or projects) will provide
a general overview of your accomplishments.
A well rounded CV including personal interests is something employers
look for as they seek to employ people who are proactive and a cultural
fit for their corporate environment.
Your CV must be presentable, well organised and consistent. This
relates to anything from font style to text size and ensuring new
headings and titles are bolded or underlined as necessary. In most cases
the less complex design and format will prove more effective.
Ten Resume Tips
Eliminate typos, spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. Ask
someone you trust to proof read your CV.
Make a good first impression. You have a limited amount of initial
interest time, use it wisely.
Keep it brief. Few people have time to read a 20-page resume, be
efficient with your information. A three to four page resume is often
Focus your resume on your most recent experience; keep it brief for
anything over 10-15 years.
Quantify experience and achievements with facts and figures to show
how you performed against specific targets, timelines or KPI's.
Give the employer a chance to see your written communication skills
in terms of being organised, logical and concise
Use simple language; do not try to impress employers with elaborate
Be honest, nothing turns an interview sour more quickly than the
uncovering of exaggeration or the stretching of the truth on resumes.
Be balanced, neat and structured. Make it appealing to the eye.
This is your opportunity to sell yourself. Emphasise previous wins,
promotions and rare skill sets, make yourself very difficult to
Covering Letter & Candidate Profile
Covering letters are an effective introductory tool whereby you can
outline your suitability for a specific role. This should be kept short
and precise; anything away from this will detract from the CV and
References & Referees
Compile a list of three referees, include their name, position,
telephone number and indicate what your association or relationship is.
Inform your referees of the particular position you have applied for and
its requirements and let them know that someone will be contacting them
to gain a reference.