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How Do You Make a Resume for a Job

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You want to apply for an interesting position but you don't have a resume yet. Read how you can easily create a good resume and view our resume example!

First of all it's important to know what exactly should be in a resume. That's why this is a good time to reflect on the essence of what a resume actually is.

You want to apply for a position because you're interested in the job in the vacancy. You want to work for the company that offers this. The question is of course: does the company want you as an employee?

In order to be able to quickly weigh up various candidates, companies usually want to know a few things about you. A number of data to compare you with other candidates and to be able to estimate who you're and what you can do. In this document, the resume, they would like to find out more about who you're (the personal details) and what your achievements have been (education and work experience).

The resume is therefore used to make a trade-off between you and an x ‚Äč‚Äčnumber of other candidates. So what is important to understand before you create your resume is that this document must demonstrate your added value for the company.

The resume: who are you and what makes you an excellent candidate?

The purpose of your resume is therefore to emphasize your strengths as well as possible and at the same time neutralize the lesser ones. That is, make sure that you appear as attractive as possible in the eyes of a recruiter!

A good resume consists of two core elements:

  • The resume looks attractive and well-arranged
  • The resume puts the applicant in a positive light

Let's start with the first core element.

An attractive and well-arranged resume

An attractive resume is one that's neatly laid out with a word processing program. Or you can of course make a resume with a generator.

By properly structuring the layout you enable the reader of the resume to quickly find the information that's important to him / her. And this point is very important: an attractive and well-arranged resume works for the recruiter.

The more applications are received per vacancy, the less time will be spent per application. If you don't clearly present the information that's important for a recruiter, there is a chance that your resume will be put aside after a few seconds. A waste of your time!

To provide you with tools to make your resume as attractive and well-arranged as possible, we have prepared six rules for you. These help you assess whether your resume presents the information in an attractive way.

The 6 rules for an attractive resume

  • Rule 1: Keep the resume clear
  • Rule 2: Use accents such as bold, italics etc.
  • Rule 3: Adapt your language to the industry and function
  • Rule 4: Make sure the content is relevant
  • Rule 5: Don't make any spelling errors
  • Rule 6: Make sure that your resume consists of a maximum of 2 pages

The resume puts the applicant in a positive light

We have just discussed how to make a resume visually appealing. In terms of content, the resume should of course be just as attractive. It must therefore be filled with the correct information. The question is: what information do you put on the resume?

The answer to this question has already been given earlier on the page. The content of your resume consists of your personal data and 'achievements' achieved. Achievements include school results, diplomas and work experience.

Roughly speaking, the information on the resume can be divided into a 'fixed' part and an optional part.

The solid components of a resume:

  • Personal data
  • Work experience
  • educations

These are the fixed data that everyone expects to see when reading a resume. Broadly speaking, based on this information, a first screening is made between candidates. For some jobs, certain diplomas or years of work experience are expected.

Optional components of a resume:

  • Extra studies or courses
  • Other activities
  • Skills
  • Competences
  • Hobbies

The optional components of the resume are more distinctive in nature. Not everyone puts each of these points on his resume. You can choose whether these cups are relevant to you.

You can determine whether something is relevant by asking yourself the question: "Does the mention make me a more suitable candidate?" If you can answer this question with a 'yes' and it's not at the expense of the clarity of your resume, then it's wise to put it on your resume.

Example of Skills Resume

Personal Details
Name : Mark Smith
Address : 59 West 46th Street, New York City, NY 10036.
Telephone number: 050-1234545
Email : myname@myemaildomain.us
Date of Birth : February 1, 1995
Mission

As an IT professional, my added value lies in the unique combination of knowledge fields: communication, technology and design. I'm employable in all these areas and especially strong when a combination of these three is desired.Furthermore, I'm characterized by an absolute drive and the desire to keep developing myself.

Skills
  • Skilled as a functional and graphic designer.
  • Designer of various application training courses and authoring systems
  • Thorough knowledge of graphical design, human computer interaction, prototyping, multimedia and object oriented programming.
  • Experienced team manager.
  • Familiar with the latest developments in the field of learning psychology and E-learning.
  • Specialized in labor market communication, internal communication and pension communication.
  • Skillful in stimulating and encouraging people.
Performance
  • I have designed and built around fifty websites, both functionally and graphically. Customers were always extremely satisfied.
  • As a team manager I successfully implemented a reorganization, resulting in enthusiastic and motivated employees and a 25 percent increase in turnover.
  • As a member of the MT I was the initiator of the (successful) change of course from company X to E-learning.
  • For company X, I have acquired five new, large customers.
Work Experience

As a freelancer I have applied my experience and knowledge in a wide variety of companies and environments; from government to business, from one-man businesses to multinationals. If desired, I can produce a total overview of all my different work environments and projects.

These are the roles that I have fulfilled:

Functional designer

As a functional designer I have built dozens of complicated systems, specially for clients in the business world. A good example of this is system X.

Website builder

As a web designer I have built dozens of well-functioning websites. I was not only responsible for the concept, but also for the graphic design and the actual construction. Some of these websites were technically very complicated. A good example is website Y.

Manager

As an interim manager of a team of thirty engineers, I have successfully completed a reorganization. After this reorganization, the employees were motivated again and the turnover increased by 25 percent.

Seller

As a designer, I actively started looking for new markets and new customers. That is why I brought in new accounts for many clients. For example, companies A and B.

Education
2014 - 2018 B.Sc. Information technology from X; Graduation Project : 'Effectiveness of website'. Successful in 2018.
Courses
2019 Graphic design course at the Graphic at IBM
2018 Course internal communication at ICL.
2018 Course account management at ICL.
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