Your resume is both our first contact with you and your passport to securing an interview. So it’s important to follow certain rules, while still expressing your own personality.
A few golden rules:
Your resume must be clear, legible and organized. Its goals are to:
- Provide basic information, such as name, address and contact information, mobility and availability
- Summarize your educational background and professional experience, including internships, volunteer work and anything else of relevance
- State your career goals
- Summarize your skills and abilities, including languages and computer literacy
Avoid these pitfalls
- Providing too much or too little information
- Using vocabulary that is too technical
- Making an exhaustive list of your diplomas
And follow these guidelines
- Fit your resume onto one, A4-size page
- Make it visually appealing: highlight section titles, organize it logically in terms of font and the way you present different kinds of information
- Give the document a title
- List information in reverse chronological order (starting with the most recent)
- Be concise in summarizing your assignments and achievements
Your resume should be divided into five standard sections:
- Education and training.
- Professional experience, including internships.
- Technical and specialized skills, if any.
- Languages and computer literacy.
Other (leisure and hobbies, association memberships and travel).