Prensenting a good resume (CV) to potential new employer helps to form a first impression of you, and is important in relation to whether the employer wants to call you in for a interview or not. In a resume, you tell about qualifications , education and work experience you have. It is a summary of your previous experiences.
There is alot of tips and advices to be found in terms of how to write a good resume. Below you will find some tips on what we think is important when writing a resume.
- Have a clean layout.
- Preferably no more than two pages.
- Use the same font.
- Use Word or PDF format.
- Look for flaws in the writing.
- Customize your resume for each application. Look at what is in the ad and highlight what is relevant to this particular job.
- Full name
- E-mail address
- Mobile number
- Date of birth
- Marital status
Write a few short sentences about what qualifications you have. This describes you and what you are good at. Make it briefly.
There are divided opinions about what is best; either with or without a portrait on the resume. The advantage of having a portrait of yourself on the resume is that the employer gets an impression of who you are and can link a face to the name. This way you can be easier to remember in the crowd of all applicants. If you are going to use a portrait on your resume, it is important that the photo is professional. Use a white/neutral and simple background.
List your work experience in chronological order with the latest experience first. Write job title and from- and to when (date and year) for when you worked. Here you can also write key words about work tasks in the different jobs.
List the education in chronological order with the most recent education first. Write the name of the study and from- and to when (date and year). Feel free to list what you have written about if you have written relevant assignments (e.g. master’s- or bachelor thesis.). If you also have received a good grade, feel free to bring the grade when mentioning the assignment.
Courses, languages and IT systems
List other courses or certifications that you have taken.
List the the languages you master and what level you are at orally and in writing.
List the programs/systems you have experience with.
Your hobbies may tell the employer more about you. Maybe there are others within the company who have the same interests as you, or that the employer sees that the experience you have gained through your leisure interests can also be useful at work?
If you have experience from board positions or association work, make sure to mention this. Also if you have received special rewards from engaging in the position.
On this point you list the references from your previous employments with job title and telephone number, possibly e-mail address. A reference can tell more about you both in terms of professional and personal competence, and help to confirm or deny what you have written in your resume.
Remember to always ask permission from your previous employer before giving them as reference, so that it does not come as a surprise if a potential employer makes contact. You can also write that references are stated by further agreement.