Practical tips for your resume

Your resume: first impressions count!

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).