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How to Write a Resume

If you are looking for a job, then it is essential that you understand how to show your real talents and strengths to an employer — and a few simple rules will help you in this important task.

The aim of a resume is to make the hiring company interested enough to invite you for a job interview. Here are a few pieces of advice to help you produce a strong resume.

Personal details

First, you introduce yourself: full name, date of birth phone number and email address. In addition, you might want to include your website address, especially if it clearly highlights your skills and achievements. Please note each country may have specific requirements that may differ from the personal details above. Please refer to the country specific HR requirements on their regional career site.

Education

This is one of the most important parts because your academic career gives an insight into who you are. Provide the names of the universities or institutions where you have studied, starting with the most recent. Include information about any special projects or dissertations.

Give the full name of your institution, if it is not widely known. Also, include your faculty and the subject you studied.

Work experience

List your previous places of work, starting with the most recent. Give the name of your employer, job title, dates of employment and, most importantly, what were your responsibilities and achievements in each role. Highlight experiences that are relevant to the career opportunity you are seeking. It’s important to ensure that you don’t go into so much detail that this section becomes too long — one page should be the limit.

Skills

This section is for all your practical skills that might be relevant to the job, e. g. knowledge of foreign languages, computing skills.

Interests

Of course, an HR manager is not going to hire you because you share the same hobbies, but this section can give a better idea of what kind of person you are. However, keep this brief.

And, to sum it up, general tips:

  • Remember, that ideally your resume shouldn’t be longer than one to three pages. Maybe all you need to say will fit on to one page. Put page numbers at the bottom, a little detail that will help to make your resume handy. Your resume should be clear, concise and easy to read. Don’t crowd it!

  • Remember, your resume is essentially marketing you. Bear this in mind when choosing the information you include. Check the job description of the vacancies you are interested in. Confirm that your training and experience match the requirements of the job.

  • There is no need to include your reasons for leaving each job on your resume but be prepared to answer these questions in your interview. If you have had a career break, you can explain the reasons for this in your supporting letter.

  • Double check your entire resume carefully for falsehoods and inaccuracies, as well as for grammatical errors and spelling mistakes and ensure that each point makes sense.

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