Resume format - how to write a resume
We know that writing a resume is not very easy but it is required if you are looking for a job: for this reason I have written this guide that explains step by step how to write a simple but stunning resume. Why taking my advice? Because this is exactly how I got a job in one of the global FMCG companies.
- Start here - the title:
The title of your resume should be the name and surname. Therefore they need to be written at the beginning of the document in the first row and at the centre, all in capital letter.
- Personal and contact data:
The second step in writing the resume requires to write personal and contact data. The majority of the job offers refers to a particular geographical area and it becomes important for the recruiter to know that you are nearby for a possible job interview. Therefore it is important to insert your home address, right below your name, in lower case letter and smaller font with respect to the title. I advice you to apply for jobs in areas that you can actually reach or at least where you are available to move to. In the latter case, I advice you to insert the address of the house of one of your friend or relative that are near there so you can 'fake' the fact that you are there (at least for now). If you don't feel to do so, write the availability to move in the area for the job.
The second type of information to type in is the one about the contact details: if you are good for the recruiters, they should know how to contact you. Insert your e-mail address (a serious one, avoid the ones with stranges nickname in it) and your phone number. Make sure you are putting the ones you are using everyday! You don't want to miss that important call and e-mail, right?
- Work experience:
The third section of a resume concerns the list of your work experience, from the most recent to the oldest. If you have little experience it is advisable to start instead from the part concerning education.
In any case, enter the work experience that is most related to the job offer you are applying for. Read carefully the description of the job offer and the requirements: they are valuable information to best prepare your resume for a perfect application: the more effectively you answer those points, the higher the possibility of being contacted. Also take into account the sector in which the company operates, the products and services offered, the customers to whom it is addressed and so on. Any experience related to one of the above fields gives you an advantage over other resumes.
If you have a short work experience, insert the most recent ones, even if they are not related: they say something about you anyway. For example if you have been a waiter, this will indicate a good ability to connect with the customers.
If instead you have a lot of work experience, first enter the most recent and then those more related to the job offer. Be very synthetic about those that are not very relevant.
For each one indicates: time period; company name (and, if little known, sector in which it operates); city or, in case of itinerant work, company headquarters; role; tasks, responsibilities, goals achieved.
Now it is time to put the degrees of masters, graduate, undergraduate, high school and everything related to education. Also in this case, we must follow a chronological order, from the most recent to the oldest. Include any exchange experience in other universities around the world.
For each course indicates: period; school name; title of the degree or of the course done or in progress; score (only if it is close to maximum or if it is explicitly requested).
A small section of the resume should be dedicated to the languages you know: enter the mother tongue and foreign languages that you know at least at an intermediate level, or with which you can sustain one simple conversation.
- Computer skills:
Put this section in the same as the one dedicated to languages: you can insert all the programs, software, applications that you are able to use. The importance of this section is related to the type of job.
- Soft skills, i.e. transversal skills (optional):
This section of the resume is optional. It is dedicated to those skills that allow you to manage work beyond technical skills: the ability to work in a team, to convince others, to be a leader, to know how to speak in public, etc. The effectiveness of explicit inclusion of these is not yet proven as it should emerge from work experience, school and from passions and hobbies. In fact it is more effective to mention being part of a football team than to mention being good at team work.
- Other information:
The last part of the resume should be dedicated to information that completes your profile and that can even make it stand out on others. Usually it concerns the passions and hobbies that you follow with constancy and commitment. As already mentioned, the important thing is that they match closely to the requirements of technical skills and boundary related to the job announcement.