Your resume says a lot about you and is an initial step in helping us understand your background and experience.
Resumes should be set our clearly and concisely and include:
- Personal contact details, including address, phone number and current email address
- Secondary education including final-year school results
- Tertiary education details
- Work experience (actuarial and non-actuarial) including voluntary work, with details of the; Position or job title, tasks you were responsible for/skills you obtained and the approximate number of hours you worked per week
- Extracurricular activities and interests
- Referee contact details if you have their permission to include them on your resume (some people would prefer you don’t do this!) If you haven’t spoken to your referees or haven’t decided who they would be, simply write ‘referees available on request’.
Resume handy hints
As with your cover letter, making your resume easy to read will ensure it highlights your background and experience in the best way possible.
- Keep it to a sensible length. Somewhere between two and four pages is a good guide.
- Avoid large blocks of writing – use bullet points and formatting to make the text ‘flow’ in a logical way.
- Use headings and structure. This breaks your resume into easy to digest sections such as education, work experience, extracurricular etc.
- Write well. Check your spelling and grammar.
- Ask someone else to look at your resume and give you feedback about what they see when they read it for the first time.