The purpose of a resume is that the employer has a clear picture of your career at a glance. A curriculum vitae (cv) gives the following information to an upcoming employer:
Overview: What work experience and training you have.
Background: It shows where your interests lie and what your history is.
Proof: That you fit the function and meet the requirements.
6 Golden tips for a good resume
1) Make sure your CV is connected to the function
With your resume you show that you fit the job you are applying for. You are having experience, that you have the right education and/or that you have the right characteristics for the job. And your future employer must be able to find this information quickly. It may be that for one job you have to put your resume in a slightly different way than for the others because other requirements are set. Look closely at this and try to move in the shoes of the receiver: what would appeal to him? What is less interesting? Use your resume of course to draw attention to your strengths: Put what you can do!
2) Keep it simple & short
The CV is a brief overview of your education, your professional experience, and your interests. You can always explain any details during the job interview. What is in a good resume:
- No more than 2 A4 pages
- Includes personal and contact details
- Showcases work experience
- Lists education
Start with the last job and/or training and then go back in time.
Provide an explanation for a position or training of a maximum of 3 sentences.
3) Make sure your CV is clean and error-free
Your resume together with your letter is the most important part of the first impression you give. Everything revolves around presentation. So make sure your resume looks well-behaved and easy to read. Make sure your CV is concise and not a long piece of text, and put the most important things first. Use of attention ticks and rules of thumb help with this. Pay close attention to your spelling! Typing errors in a resume or letter do not give a good first impression, of course. Do not rely solely on your computer’s spell checker to detect errors. Read your resume very carefully or ask someone else to do this for you (see also Tip 6!)
4) Also give attention to activities besides your work or training
In your resume you may also pay attention to important experiences that you have gained during your work, or achievements you have achieved. This can vary from chairman of the volleyball club to organizing the neighborhood party. If you have little work experience, also mention in short the jobs you have had, and do not forget any volunteer work. Emphasize these activities only if that is important for the requested job or if this can fill a possible gap in your resume.
5) Always stay honest!
Do not try to fill in any holes. Adding six months to the time that you had a job may seem like a good idea, but if the monkey gets off the ground, you can forget about the application. If possible, try to make clear what you did in this time: volunteer work, raising three children, etc
6) Always have your resume read
Sometimes you overlook mistakes. So let someone else read your resume for a moment. After all, if you have changed your resume three or four times, it is difficult to remain fresh. Really do it!