Content of the Resume
This section explains and identifies the importance contained in all the necessary information to help you prepare a curriculum vitae, (also known as a CV, a resume or personal data sheet).It also helps the employer or Human Resources Manager to have a brief idea and background on candidates, in terms of skills, qualification and experience to match the specific job. Each heading provides the type of content to include, the language to employ, together with examples. NB. It is unnecessary to put CV or any of the other names at the top of the document as it should be very clearly recognised for what it is!
1. Personal details
2. Job objective
1. Personal details
The purpose of giving personal details is to make it as easy as possible for a company to contact you at the right place and the right time! Do not put a heading on this section.
Name. First name first, last name last. It is common practice in English-speaking countries to put your first name first, followed by your last name (surname). Example It is not common to write your last name using all capital letters. However, each part of your name should begin with a capital letter. If you are from a non-Western country or if you are sending your resume to a non-Western country, it might be difficult for the reader to know what your last name is. In this case you could indicate it by using capitals. There is sometimes confusion between first names associated with a particular gender. E.g. Lawrence in French. Be aware of this.
Date of Birth is very important, virtual information to the Human Resources manager for selecting a successful candidate. Today in many countries including Papua New Guinea, people for instance using the same name like; Sam (jnr) named after his father or uncle can be able to use his father’s qualification to obtain employment. With the date of birth on the resume the Human Resources manager can justify by comparing the appearance of the candidate with the date of birth.
Place of Origin. Here in Papua New Guinea we have almost 800 different types of language, cultural beliefs and attitude towards work. Where you originate will also be important in the process of selecting the right kind of person for the job and also gives the Human resources manager a fair idea of the applicant.
Marital Status.this is common and important in every organization to know the candidates marital status in order to provide benefits for the employee and also the employment may require a single candidate which may require the candidates to work late hours etc..
Religion. Many organizations look forward to employee god fearing candidates which perform the job with trust and honesty because of rapid development in our country and other countries as well.Example;stealing(break and enter etc..) Recruitment officers refer to Religion on your resume depending on the job description, where work is required during the weekend with respect to church.
Address Give permanent (or home address) and for instance;IBS campus (or local/temporary address) addresses. For the campus address indicate the last day you will be on campus so the employer knows exactly where and when he/she can contact you. It is also important for you to include your address on the resume to indicate where you reside.
Telephone number. It is important to include your phone numbers either, land line or your personal cell phone number. You can also include a close relative members number in case the employer can not reach you, and the country code - PNG is 675 - so the employer can contact you easily if a employment arise in other countries or to further discuss you details. You do not need to put in the first 0 in your telephone number as when one calls from abroad it is not necessary. Include your e-mail address also.
The purpose and important of this section is to allow you, once again, to show