- Base your resume on simplicity. A resume is the first and probably the last opportunity to ensure an interview. It is therefore extremely important that your resume work in your favour and not vice versa. Use it to draw attention on your work force, on your achievements, and on your technical knowledge.
- Your achievements should occupy an important place. It is very good to use a series of active verbs, such as I made, I planned, I organized, I was responsible for, I controlled, etc. It is not recommended to use all kinds of signs for organizing your ideas; a resume can be read more easily if it is clear.
- Reversed chronology is important. When you start to complete your experience, you must start with the last job and then to continue in the same reversed chronological order with the following, without forgetting to mention the employer’s name, the beginning and end date of your job, the title of the job and a short description of it, plus your achievements. If you are looking for a job for the first time, you should complete any relevant experience, paid or not.
- Be honest. If you lie in a resume, not only you do not do any good, but also at the same time, you make potential employer lose time for nothing. To add six months of extra experience in a job may seem a good idea, but if the information is verified, make sure you will not get the job. However, do not sell yourself too cheap either! If you think that the three summers you spent in France, working as a volunteer, have helped you to know the country and its culture, then say it!
- IT skills are important. You have to write absolutely everything you can do on computers: hardware knowledge, software, programming languages, databases, etc. In addition, do not mention things that you have not done lately, or worse, what you have never done. If at the interview you are asked about that operation, you will feel ridiculous, not knowing what to answer.
- Education. Pay close attention to your big achievements during the faculty. Nevertheless, this is no longer relevant if you work in a specific area for more than two years.
- Organize your resume. Do not reduce your resume as long as the content is relevant to the job for which you have applied. If the possible employer is annoyed reading your resume, he or she will quickly lose interest.
- Grammatical mistakes. No employer will seek a person who has not bothered to correct his or her own mistakes. Do not rely on a quick viewing of your resume, read it over two or three times very carefully.
- Two pairs of eyes. After you have checked it yourself, ask someone to read your resume, as somebody who is not used to reading such material can easily detect mistakes. Do not try to fill your resume at once, always come back to it, and check it after a few days.
- References. Check your references before you use them. There is nothing worse than to use the name of a person who either moved or has something against you. The best people you need to use for references may be your current employer or a professor from college or high school.
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