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  • THE ANATOMY OF A PERFECT RÉSUMÉ

  • BY NOVORÉSUMÉ
résumé

You want to show your qualities and your best personality traits but at the same time remember it is important to not lie or exaggerate the abilities that you do not possess.

Also keep in mind, sometimes less is more.

    • HEADER

    • This section should be cut short and clean by presenting as little information as necessary.

      • PICTURE
        (OPTIONAL)
      • EMAIL
      • PHONE
        NUMBER
      • ADDRESS
      • SOCIAL
        MEDIA
  • Tips

    • Your email address should be just your name or some professional variations of it.

    • Make sure to write the number where you are available most of the time.

    • Make an audit of your social media profiles and be sure you don't have any content that may create a bad impression about you.

    • WORK EXPERIENCE

    • If you have a couple of years of related work experience for the job you are applying for, then this section deserves the most time and attention.

    • The things that should be included in this section are the following:
      Mandatory
      EMPLOYMENT PERIOD  |  POSITION/TITLE  |  COMPANY/ORGANISATION  |  TASKS, RESPONSIBILITIES OR ACCOMPLISHMENTS
      Optional
      CITY AND COUNTRY  |  COMPANY DESCRIPTION  |  THE NAME AND CONTACT INFO OF A SUPERVISOR/EMPLOYEE
  • Tips

    • Switch positions around the résumé if some particular experiences are more relevant to a certain position you are applying for.

    • Include between 2-4 work experiences that are relevant.

    • When you write the tasks/responsibilities/accomplishments try to begin every sentence with an action verb.

    • SKILLS & COMPETENCIES

    • Try to keep the skills and competencies targeted for the position you are applying for. If you are applying for a job as Marketing Assistant you should not list a skill such as "cooking" that is not relevant in this industry.

  • Tips

    • Read the job ad many times and understand what skills are sought by the employer before completing this section.

    • Using industry specific skills in your résumé will enable you to pass through an applicant tracking system (ATS).

    • Search on the internet about the skills that are most needed in the industry you are applying for and list them on your résumé if you think you possess them.

    • EDUCATION

    • In the case of a recently graduate without significant work experience, this section should be at the top of your résumé.

    • List the education in reverse order. If you have for example a master's and bachelor's degree, make sure that you list first the master's degree. If you have a bachelor's degree do not bother to write your high school degree.

      • 2016
      • 2013
      • 2011
  • Tips

    • You want to include here your school(s) and the courses that you took which are relevant to the position you are applying for.

    • Don't try and falsify things when it comes to your education. It comes without saying, if you exaggerate or lie about your education, somebody will eventually notice it.

      • PROJECTS

      • This section has become a standard when you are applying for a job as a web-developer, designer, entrepreneur, marketer, etc.

    • Tips

      • Try to include around 3-4 most important projects that you have worked on.

      • List the name of the project and a short description about what the project was about, what kind of knowledge did you apply, and the skills you have developed while working on it.

      • LANGUAGES

      • When creating a professional résumé the languages that you master can make you more competitive, shows that you are open to change and can work with people outside your culture.

    • INTERESTS

    • If there is space left after writing the most important sections in a résumé you can add an extra section listing your interests. Listing the interests can show the employer a more personal part of you(in some cultures it is even required to have this section).

    • Here you want to be short and concise, just mention the main activities that interests you but do not go into detail on the résumé. If your interests stirred their curiosity they will ask more during the interview.

    • ACHIEVEMENTS & CERTIFICATES

    • List the achievements and certificates that you have obtained that are in some extent related to the job you are applying for(it's a good idea to have between 3-5).

    • Examples
      • Employee of the Month | January 2016

      • Nominated as a team leader in numerous school projects.

      • Finished X projects 2 weeks before deadline.

      • Risk Management course at Novoschool | January 2016

      • CPR and automated external defibrillator.

      • European Bartender School.

  • DO'S
    • Tailor your objective to include elements of the job description for each position you are applying for.

    • Focus on the specific results of your work, significant achievements and recognition received.

    • Remember that less is more. Keep your résumé to one page if you do not have more than 5 years of relevant working experience.

    • Tailor your résumé for each specific job you are applying for.

    DON'TS
    • Submit the same résumé to every employer, regardless of the position.

    • Mention "salary negotiable" or "reference available upon request".

    • Use acronyms or jargons.

    • Include routine job duties such as "making copies".

    • Overuse personal pronouns as "I", "me" or "my".

    • Say you were laid off or fired from your last position.

    • CHECKLIST

    • Do not submit your résumé before checking the points on this list!

    • Is your name, address, phone number and email address at the top of the page?

    • Can an employer understand the main sections within 7 to 10 seconds?

    • Did you write your résumé for the position by including key skills and experiences the employer wants?

    • Is the information listed in order of importance and relevance to the requirements listed in the job description.

    • Do most phrases begin with action verbs such as "conducted","implemented" etc.?

    • Have you been accurate and truthful about your accomplishments rather than being too modest or exaggerating?

    • Did you check the spelling of every word and make sure the grammar and punctuation are correct?

    • WHAT NOW?

    • Now that you know how to build a perfect résumé, let's build your own!

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