There’s no hard and fast rule about what information should go where.  However, you should never lose sight of the fact that your résumé is a “marketing” document, and therefore should be showcasing your abilities and relevant credentials in a manner which is applicable to your  situation (and appealing to the hiring manager).

But there are a few things which (usually) never change.  However, one’s circumstances may dictate a different order of relevance and your unique situation should be taken into consideration.

1) Referees: we always list this last, considering it doesn’t inform the hiring manager of any saleable attributes or qualities you may have right at the initial application stage.

2) Voluntary Involvement: inserted after employment history, considering it is an “add-on” to give the hiring manager an insight into your community interests and / or commitment(s).

3) Professional Attributes: directly after your profile, considering this can be the only section in which you can specifically tailor your key attributes in-line with the advertised criteria (this is excluding the cover letter of course!).

4) Qualifications: if a particular degree or certification is a requirement of the job (and of course if you have it!), make sure it is easily identifiable and stands out from any other courses you may have completed.  It may be wise to include this at the beginning of your résumé under a separate heading than that of your other professional development.

If in doubt about the structure of your résumé, ask yourself this:

“What is an employer looking for – what do they want from me?”

Answer that question and you’ll recognise what information should prominently be displayed in your résumé.

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