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How To Write A Resume Correctly

Jul. 31, 2020 3:59 AM ET
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Your resume is your chance to impress a potential employer. The resume must be well written and formatted. This is absolutely essential. Your resume should include the most important information about your education and professional experience.

The rules for filling out a resume vary from country to country. Be sure to check the relevant requirements before submitting your resume to a potential employer. We asked recruiting managers for guidance on how to write a good resume.

Below we provide tips on the following topics:

  • General template
  • Format and length
  • Layout and sections
  • Language and keywords
  • Checking and editing
  • Information that should not be in the resume

General resume template

The resume needs to be tailored for each response. This does not mean that you have to rewrite your resume every time. It is enough to have a basic template that you will edit in accordance with the characteristics of a particular vacancy.

Remember that those who read your resume will have little time to look for important information. Therefore, a description (short and clear) of the most important technical skills should be in plain sight.

Create a separate document-list where you will enter all your achievements related to professional experience and education. This document will help keep your resume up to date. Include in this list your successes, goals achieved, awards/merits, completed projects, positive feedback from colleagues and managers.

Keep your resume simple. Uploading your resume file should be straightforward. Also, remember to use a quality resume templates to present your work and skills.

Format and length

The ideal length for a resume is one page. This limit can be exceeded if you have many years of experience or have studied a lot (and you are confident that this experience and this education will be useful in the position for which you are applying).

If your resume is longer than one page, then the most important information should be on the first page.

By putting everything you need on one page, you make it clear that you know how to filter out unnecessary details and select the most valuable information.

The resume can be shortened by removing recommendations from previous jobs or studies from it. If the employer needs references, you will be asked to provide them.

Another way is to place a link next to your name to your professional LinkedIn profile. The most important thing should be in the resume. More information can be provided on LinkedIn.

It is best to write a summary of one or two pages, listing the critical information in each category. Recruiting managers usually spend about 20 seconds on one resume. Instead of wordy paragraphs, it is better to use bulleted lists with short paragraphs.

There is a “gold zone” on a resume that gets the most attention and attention - the top third of the page. In this area, you need to describe what you are most proud of.

Now, you know how to write a great resume and present your life work and achievements in the best way possible.

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