Every student dreams of getting a good job with a high salary and brilliant opportunities. The truth is: to get a prime job or winning career, you first have to learn how to present yourself effectively. Many times, young people with well-developed skills just don't know how to show their talents the right way. It's better to about creating a resume while you’re still in school, so you can feel confident after graduation.
It's obvious that being young means your work experience is pretty slim. However, if you can mention your skills and education, this will increase your chances to get the job you want.
The following writing guide contains information about the basic rules of writing a resume. Moreover, it provides essential recommendations about how to present your personal information in the correct format and make recruiters notice you.
One thing you have to know is that every resume has a definite structure. Its basic parts are:
Before you start writing, study the following scheme. Figure out what information you can include in each section. Make sure all the information is true and relevant regarding your knowledge and skills. It's better to write less and remain true than to invent a fabulous list of abilities and experience that you don't really have.
This section is the starting part of every resume. Include the following details in it:
You can also attach a photo. Some recruiters ask for one because they feel it helps them build up a full impression about your personality.
When choosing a photo, be wise. Select one where you look positive, confident and motivated.
Avoid pictures where you’re casually dressed, drinking beer with your friends and holding up a cigarette. The first impression counts the most. Keep this in mind.
When you leave a contact number in your resume, make sure it's active. Check your mail regularly. Recruiters tend to write letters before they contact a candidate by phone.
State what college or university you study at. Mention your major and list your core subjects. State what kind of certificates you already have.
If you’ve already had some training courses or are currently in training, mention this in this section as well.
Times being what they are, it’s no wonder that there are students who already have some working experience before graduation. You can be one of them. Surely, no one expects you to be the top manager in one of the biggest companies in the world. However, working experience as a sales consultant, personal assistant, food server, delivery person or newspaper carrier will suit just fine.
This information about your working experience proves that you’re capable, motivated and ambitious.
This part of your resume is of special concern for companies that deal with information technologies. But even for a secretary of a sales manager, computer skills are of top priority.
List all computer programs you can operate. If you’re a competent user and can create websites or various presentations, be sure to mention this as well.
There are a great number of multilingual companies on the market. So if you happen to speak more than one language it will be a huge bonus for your personal chances of getting hired. If you can speak some languages fluently, but have knowledge of other languages that is-intermediate or even elementary, mention them all in your resume. Even slight knowledge of a foreign language can sometimes be enough to compose a business letter or answer phone calls.
Any additional skills as a driver’s license or certificate in office-related or technical work can be helpful to convince recruiters to hire you.
To show various sides of your personality and make the resume detailed, it's worth it to add information about your hobbies and interests. It also tells the recruiter a lot about you. You’re welcome to comment on some of your favorite sports and activities: climbing, cycling, playing basketball, reading historical books or painting graffiti – this information can show whether you suit the working community of the company.
Think over all the educational and professional experience you have so far. Divide it into parts and arrange it logically. We hope this will help you to get a suitable job!