Before starting your word processor, take a piece of paper
and write down all your skills, knowledge and experience, even
things you think you can't put in a resume. This way you are less
likely to forget something important.
Think about what you can do for the employer.
This CV tutorial is divided in categories that are generally
used in a resume.
- Personal information
- Career objectives
- Work experience
- Extracurricular activities
But you are free to develop your own categories to highlight
your special relevant experiences and skills.
- Related Experience
- Related Courses
- Community Volunteer Work
- Workshops & Conferences Attended
- Technical Skills
- Special Skills
- Computer Skills
- Professional Memberships
- Military Experience
- Language Proficiencies
- Additional Information
In place of "Related Experience" you might wish to indicate your
field of experience in the category heading.
- Business Experience,
- Engineering Experience,
- Human Services Experience,
- Sales Experience,
There is no absolute correct way to organize your resume.
Creativity is encouraged.
If you have five years or less experience, you resume should
fit on one page, and only more extensive experience can justify a
second page, but three pages are an absolute limit.
For each job offer employers receive up to 400 resumes. Thus
employers may give only a glance to each. They are looking for
job titles and skills that match their job requirements. To catch
employers' attention your job titles and skill headings must be
seen within 4 to 10 SECONDS.
On a two-page resume write your most relevant information on
the first page
In English, begin your sentences with action verbs, and don't
use the past tense. Show you are someone who is active.
Salesperson, Fly Computer Store, Strasbourg,
- Assisted clients with selection of computers,
- Developed and promoted special marketing events,
- Trained new employees,
- Monitored cash.
Store increased in sales by 7 percent in month period.
Some action verbs:
achieved, acquired, adapted,
For information, here are some traits sought by employers:
- Ability to communicate
- Interpersonal Skills
- Willingness to accept responsibility
- Ability to handle conflict
- High energy level
- Goal achievement
- Vocational skills
And some tips
|Never use "I" or other pronouns to identify
yourself and don't use many articles (the, a).
||Proof-read your resume many times to catch
all spelling and grammatical errors, unusual punctuation or
||Do not use shortcuts, such as St for
street, they are harder to read.
|Analyse advertisements to identify skills
employers want, so you can select (not invent) your most
||Get opinions from other people and
consider their advice seriously.
Try to find a trusted friend who can critique your writing and
give an objective comment on your CV.
||White paper scans better.
An electronic resume has some other
rules. It can be longer due to the usage of key words. Do not
hesitate to use keywords. Use nouns rather than adjectives, the
former will be the focus of a research (e.g.: in database)
For more information, you can also see 6
Easy Steps to Create Resumes