Resume is usually the first way how you introduce yourself to a company you would like to work for. Google search provides a lot of great insights and information. On the other hand it is always good idea to talk to a career coordinator at your university or  someone from Human Resources. You can get valuable information.

Tips

„Give a recruiter a reason to keep on reading your resume, not to discard it.“

General

  • Quality over quantity! Do not write more than 2 pages, 1 is optimal.
  • Don’t mess information from different categories (driving license shouldn’t be mentioned in contact section).
  • Be original, don’t use bad templates (such as this one), but get inspired.
  • Be concise, clear and tailor it to a position
  • Do not include references (you can state “References available upon request”)
  • No grammar mistakes!

Contact

  • Less is more – include name, address, phone, email, (LinkedIn profile link)
  • Do not include date of birth, marital status. It’s discriminatory in certain countries (and to be honest in some companies as well).

Academics

  • Should be first or second section on your resume with regards to the position you apply for.
  • Certificates and courses shouldn’t be included in this section, rather create a new section.
  • If you didn’t finish the university, be honest and write down why (for instance interruption and termination of studies due to other university acceptance)
  • Write down the topics of you bachelor’s/master’s thesis.

Certificates and Skills

  • Do not lie. The recruiter will soon find it out.
  • If you are not sure about your expertise, use “Profficient”, “Working knowledge”, “Basic knowledge”, etc.

Volunteering, Internships

  • Definitely worth to mention. It shows the recruiter you are proactive.