PANACHE Staffing

Help and Advice

Resume = Your Brand

You only have a few seconds to make an impression on a reader of your resume.
Keep things simple, structured and relevant to maximise your chances of making that impression a good one.

  • Keep to an easy-to-read Word format // avoid using Excel and tables.
  • Use a traditional font such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Keep it concise. No reviewer wants to receive a 12 page resume.
  • Use reverse chronological order, stating your current or most recent job first, then working backwards. Your most recent 4-6 years’ experience is generally most relevant to a new role, so there’s usually no need to write in great detail about experience prior to that.
  • Keep Technical Skills relevant. No need to list obsolete technologies you were good at in 1999.
  • When explaining your role and responsibilities, show how you fit into the team. For example, rather than just stating that you are a “desktop engineer at XYZ Corporation”, explain that you are a “desktop engineer in a team of four engineers, supporting 500 internal users”. Make it easy for the reader to picture you in your role.
  • Show your achievements.
  • Don’t use abbreviations that the reader is unlikely to understand, such as abbreviations for company department names.
  • Spellcheck your resume and have a friend proofread it for you before sending it to companies or recruiters. Spelling mistakes give a very negative impression.

Interview at your best

  • Be punctual.
  • Dress appropriately. For men, suits are necessary.
  • Be prepared by researching the company. Review the company website. Understand their products and services. Industry knowledge is useful.
  • Review your resume several times in order to clearly explain your background and skills.
  • Ask yourself: What is it about the position that interests you? What is it about the company you like?
  • List 3 – 4 questions you would like to ask the interviewer. You should ask questions that will help you decide if this is the position for you.
  • Come into the interview with the image of being motivated and positive.
  • Make eye contact with the interviewer.
  • Be calm and speak clearly. Mumbling words never helps.
  • Listen to the interviewer. Many people appear to listen, but do not focus on what the interviewer actually says.
  • At the end of the interview, thank the interviewer and finish by restating your interest in working for the company.