How to Write a Resume - Avoiding Industry Speak

If your background is very technical, you will need to be careful of too much industry terminology, and not enough focus on transferable and value-add skills. This may also happen when someone has become too institutionalised i.e. been with a company for many years.


When writing a resume, think about the reader and not yourself.


Key points to consider:


  • Awards and Achievements try to list what the award means as well as an Award Name.


  • Numbers – use numbers to qualify results, including percentages. When quoting numbers or figures in a resume, the reader needs something to compare it to. Therefore, try to think about industry benchmarks and will mean something to someone from the outside.

  • Position titlestranslate company specific position titles to something that can be understood and compared against in the outside world.


  • Plant & Machinery – if listing plant and machinery, try to list only select few items and/or try to group products. Avoid using up more than 1/2 page dedicated to listing equipment and machinery, and remove old and obsolete items.


  • Excessive training courses and certificates – don’t list 100 courses that you have attended. Only include the most important courses and offer translation/comparison of the course where this isn't clear. If you have attended multiple numbers of courses, just list the ones that are relevant and make reference to a “full list of courses available upon request”.


Remember, when learning how to write a resume, you don’t want the resume to be too generic but you also don’t want a resume document that only you and your boss will be able to interpret.


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