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
If you are applying for a position in international companies, you should have resume in both languages (national and English). Requirements for the English written resume should be the same as used for the resume written in national language.