I read a resume from a candidate with fabulous IT experience gained while working for the largest children's hospital in India but he didn't say that.The hospital name, without that description, might not ring any bells with an IT hiring manager in Australia.

The thought of writing a resume fills many people with dread.

However, all you need is a plan that covers both lay out and content.

It should include a smattering of your professional, academic and industry training. As stated, your career goal could serve as the last sentence.

For example: A sales management professional with seven years' experience in the media industry, I have worked on newspapers and in web and television environments.

Description of employer This is appropriate for those coming from overseas or in cases where the company might be largely unknown.

Organisations like IBM, News Limited, Suncorp or the big banks, to name a few examples, will need no explanation.Career One's website editor and Ask Kate columnist, Kate Southam passes on the advice from the experts.The plan below should help you produce a resume that is easy to read and packed with facts employers want to know.Birth date and marital status You are not legally obliged to include either detail.Including marital status in this day and age just looks plain weird to me.Lay out Again, this is really open to debate but the best advice I've heard is “keep it simple”.

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