How to Make up a Resume: Structure and Advice
Resume is a condensed version of the most important job experience for a potential employer and professional skills and knowledge of a candidate.
Did you know that recruitment consultants spend about nine seconds on one resume?
That is why it is very important to make your resume:
Correct resume structureRecommended resume format is no more than two pages.
Resume must contain:
- Contact information: first and last name, address (city), phone and email.
- Work experience: name and type of companies you worked for, time period you worked for them, title, responsibilities and achievements.
- Education: name of education institutions, studying periods, additional education (trainings, skill enhancement courses, internships).
- Professional skills: foreign languages knowledge, computer knowledge including special programs and equipment, driving license status.
- Personal data: date of birth, family status, current residence (city, subway station). Here you can also add information about your hobbies.
What you should not mention in your resume
- Remove title “Resume”, “CV”, etc (from the documents itself it is clear what you mean);
- All your work experience (potential employer is interested only in last 3-5 places of work and time frame of no more than 10 years);
- Physical data and your health condition;
- Informal photo, photo which is too small or too large, vacation photos etc;
- Unsuccessful projects description;
- Reasons why you quit previous jobs;
- Letters of recommendation, have them separately, it can be useful at the job interview;
Check your resume for perfection
- Ask someone who knows the language in which your resume is written to proofread it;
- Check if all information is in correct order and in the same format: for instance, if you use certain abbreviation once, keep the same style through the whole resume (better to avoid abbreviations and use full words);
- Try to avoid long phrases, complicated and unclear words, or abbreviations;
- Be sure that your resume uses the same format;
- Choose a convenient reading format: wide margins, font that is not too small or too large, enough paragraph spacing;
- Preferable use Word format for your resume.