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CV Resume Format

How to format your resume - cv - and what are it's sections, this article shows you the details.
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With a resume with clear structure and clear content you make a good first impression. That's also necessary, because a recruiter or employer usually only needs a few seconds to determine whether you're suitable for the next round, or whether your resume ends up in the 'round archive' (read: trash can).

A good resume structure can be scanned and tells a concise, yet complete story about you as an applicant.

CV/Resume content

There are no strict rules for the content of your resume, but recruiters and employers generally expect to find these elements in your resume:

1. Personal information
2. Personal profile
3. Work experience (and any additional activities)
4. Training
5. Skills / competences
6. Languages
7. Hobbies & interests
8. References

1. Personal information

Place your personal information at the top of the resume. This is in any case:

- First name and surname
- Address and place of residence
- Telephone number
- Email address
- Date of birth and nationality
- Driving license (if relevant)

2. Personal profile

In a personal profile you present yourself in a few sentences. Describe who you are, what you can do and what function you're looking for in a maximum of 4 or 5 lines.

3. Work experience (and any additional activities)

Here you state your relevant internship (s) and / or jobs. The most recent job or internship is at the top, the oldest work experience is at the bottom. State in any case:

- The period in which you worked
- The name of the company and the place
- The job title
- The most important tasks and responsibilities
- Do you have a lot of work experience? Then omit the side jobs and internships from the past. This is no longer relevant for your future employer. If you're a school-leaver, it's better to state your internships and side jobs, so that the employer gets a better picture of you.

You can also mention relevant secondary activities, such as volunteer work or administrative work, here. Do you have a hole in your resume? Then you can possibly explain how this originated.

4. Training

List all the studies, education, training and courses in which you have participated. Here too it's in chronological order, with the most recent one at the top:

- The period in which the study was followed
- The name of the school or educational institution, including place
- The name of the course or course
- Whether the training or course has been successfully completed with a diploma or certificate

Are you leaving school? Then place the courses above work experience, so that it's immediately clear to the employer that you have recently completed your course or study.

5. Skills and competences

State your skills, skills and other competencies here. Only mention points that are relevant to the intended job. Being able to uphold a football 100 times is only relevant if you want to apply as a football player.

- Experience with machines such as pallet or forklifts or excavators
- Computer programs, such as Office, Photoshop or SPSS
- Programming languages, such as HTML, PHP or C ++
- Your qualities and strengths.

Avoid the familiar cliches as much as possible

6. Languages

Are you applying for a position for which speaking or writing one or more foreign languages ​​is important, or are you asked about this in the job description? State your knowledge of these languages ​​in writing and in writing on your resume. Even if speaking a foreign language doesn't seem important for the position, you can include this on your resume as a separate component.

7. Hobbies and interests

Your interests and hobbies can tell a lot about you. For example, a sport fisherman usually has a lot of patience and a model train enthusiast has an eye for detail. It's certainly not mandatory to mention this, but it can - depending on your hobbies and interests - add value.

8. References

If your previous (or current) employer was satisfied with you, you can ask a former manager to act as a reference. He or she can then answer questions about you.

Don't mention telephone numbers or email addresses, but state 'contact details on request'. This prevents a reference from being called at an unexpected moment.

See also: Making a Video CV Resume

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