It is important to understand that your resume reflects more than just your career path, it also speaks for you about your personality and other soft skills. A candidate with a clear and good Cv will stand more chances to get the job than an equally skilled candidate whose Cv isn’t great.
Before starting job hunting, it could be a good thing to read our Resume Pointers section and make sure your Cv is up to the industry standards.
We want to help you build a resume that will attract potential employers – here are a few tips (Do’s and Dont’s) to make it look good.
- Check out professionally written resume samples and chose a template you like (free of charge)
- Make sure your resume is clear and easy to read (for instance by using bullets points and an agreeable writing font). When screening, a Recruiter spends on average 8 seconds per candidate’s resume – help them find quickly the important information in yours!
- Customize your Cv. Different roles require different skills, so you should adapt your Cv to the position you are applying to
- Build your career path/qualifications such as positions and courses are in reverse chronological order (most recent comes first, since it is the most important for a majority of Employers)
- Mention for each of your previous positions: position title, company name, location (city/country) and the dates of employment. For Engineers, we recommend you to add on top, the name and a short description of the projects you have worked on
- Bullet point your duties, clearly and in details (job scope, work environment, projects)
- Include measurables (facts and numbers). Have you reached your KPI’s in your current role/previous role? Yes? Mention and detail it. Have you managed a team? If yes, don’t forget to write it down and mention how big your team was
- Avoid grammar and spelling mistakes
- Provide accurate contact information, including at least: phone number (mobile is preferred), residential address, email address
- Lose focus. Remember you applied for a specific position and your resume should be in line with it
- Detail your experience too much, save some information for a potential interview
- Mention the words “Resume” or “Curriculum Vitae” on top of the document
- Worry about the length of your resume. It should be reasonable though
- Include personal information, such as marital status, date of birth, ethnic origin, religion, height, weight etc. A resume should reflect your skills before all
- Use too many acronyms (or write down what they stand for)
- List the references directly on your Cv, but precise you will make them available upon request