How to build a resume: structure and advice
Did you know that recruitment consultants spend about 30 seconds on one resume?
That is why it is very important to make your resume:
Recommended resume format is no more than 2-3 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 (month and year), 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
- Remove title “Resume”, “CV”, etc (from the documents itself it is clear what you mean), but required on the file name
- Depending on the role you are applying to, potential employer may only be interested only in last 3-5 places of work and time frame of no more than 10 years); but please include if it is relevant to the role and company
- Physical data and your health condition
- If you were to include a photo then it should not be an informal photo, that is too small or too large, vacation photos etc.
- Unsuccessful projects description
- Reasons why you quit previous jobs, this is usually discussed during the interview
- Letters of recommendation, this can be available upon request
- 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.
- Choose a convenient reading format: wide margins, font that is not too small or too large, enough paragraph spacing
- Preferable use PDF format for your resume to avoid format adjustments when transferring file