What is a resume?
A resume, sometimes called a C.V. (Curriculum Vitae) - is a summary of your skills, education and work experience. A good resume demonstrates, in a clean and simple way, how your skills and abilities match up with the requirements of a job. Use a simple and a general black font on white paper. The layout should be a bit simple as well as a bit conservative. When you file a job application make sure you file your resume as well.
On the top of your resume you should include your personal details such as your full name and contact details including address, telephone number(s) and email address. This would fit nicely on the left site and a profile picture on the right. When choosing a picture make sure it fits the job you are applying for. It can be happy, but at the same time responsible and professional.
Education and training
Below your personal details and your profile picture, you start by listing your education and training history. On top of the list you should put your most recent education or degree. Make sure to include your education timeline, the names of the schools you attended and which program, your major and minor, if it suits the job you are applying for. You can put your final score in there and all you extras too, if you think it will help your application. If you did not graduate, please note that so there are no embarrassing misunderstandings later on.
Next comes your work career information. Put your last job first and your first job last. Company name and, the dates you worked there, and your responsibilities, tasks and achievements. Make sure you include everything that's relevant to the job.
Courses and skills
A list of the things you're good at. These can be general skills or skills specific to a particular job. List them under broad headings such as "Communication" and "Teamwork". Include your computer skills and the things you are licenced to do, drive a car, fly a plane etc. If you speak or understand any foreign languages, don’t keep it a secret or anything else that might help you qualify for the position.
Some personal information might be relevant. Have you volunteered or participated in any social activities? Has some of you work been published or have you received any awards?
In the end, include a list of people who can talk about how good a worker you are. Make sure you get their permission before including them on your resume. List their name, company name occupation, and contact details. Teachers and instructors can also be referees and might be willing to recommend you for the job.
After you've written your resume, and before sending it, go through this checklist:
- Is your resume to long for anybody to read? 2-3 pages is the maximum length.
- Proofreading - Make sure there aren't any spelling mistakes, typos or grammatical errors.
- Tailoring - Make sure everything you mention shows how well-suited you are for the job you're applying for.
- Presentation - Make sure the resume is well laid out, easy to read and printed on clean, white paper in a standard font (like Times New Roman, Arial or Verdana) and at a standard size (10 or 12 point).
- Detail - Make sure you've provided specific examples of your achievements and how you've used the skills you have.
- Updated. Make sure update your CV so it is always ready to be filed.
This article was written in cooperation with Áttavitinn