If you are going to apply for a job in an organization you have to write a resume1 and send it to the personnel department. Well-written curriculum vitae should show you in all your charm. It will increase you chance to be invited to a job interview.
Let us find out how to write a resume that will help you to get a desired job.
Length of a Resume
Your resume should not be too long. A potential employer can be too busy to read the full story of your life. Do not make a resume longer than a couple of pages.
Generic or Tailored Resume?
If fact, you'd better change the resume every time when you apply for a new job. Of course, it requires more time but tailored resumes will give you possibility to list the proper experiences and skills.
Structure of a Resume
The structure of a resume depends on a person's education, training and word experience. As a rule, information in resumes is set out in reverse order. First you list the most recent occupation, then the previous one and so on.
You resume should consists of some essential parts.
Personal details include your full name, current address, e-mail, phone numbers, and residency status (if requested). Your date of birth is not obligatory.
Stating career objective is optional but sometimes it is useful to explain what job you apply for.
Education section should summarize the training and education history. Include full names of the courses and the educational institutes, dates, subjects, your awards and achievements.
Work history tells about your employments chronologically beginning with the recent ones. List the job titles, the employers' names, the dates, your tasks and responsibilities. Do not forget to mention your achievements. Try to demonstrate the professional skills relevant to the work you are trying to get.
List your general abilities and individual characteristics.
Tell about your community or voluntary work, participation in sport associations, clubs, etc.
Write about your hobbies and interests.
List several referees who can confirm you qualifications. Include their names, job titles, phone numbers, and e-mails. But first get their permission to use their personal data.
Every resume is unique, so it is up to you what to include in your CV.
Layout of a Resume
There are some common rules for formatting a resume.
Write in business English
Use standard fonts (Arial, Verdana, Times New Roman)
Write in the 3rd person
Use bulleted lists and sub-headings
When your CV is written check it for spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, make sure that it is looks good and is easy for reading. If you are going to print it, use plain white paper.
If you find it too difficult to write the curriculum vitae yourself, use sample resumes which can be found in the Internet.