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How to Have a Good Resume

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A good resume is a prerequisite if you want to give your career a new turn or make your entry into the job market. How do I make my resume attractive? Which structure fits my profile best? And how do I match my resume with a vacancy in a sector where I don't have any professional experience yet? All questions to which we offer an answer. Here you'll find tips for writing a good resume.

Beware: a good curriculum vitae isn't the first application step. To prepare a resume, you need to know what your strengths are, in which sector you want to work and how far you want to travel to work. Are you looking for a different job, then ask yourself where your future lies and look for a vacancy that fits your resume and interests.

Collect all your data

Regardless of your job profile and dream job, every good resume contains a number of fixed components. At the top you place your personal details (date of birth, address, telephone number, e-mail address and link to your LinkedIn profile). You then state your studies and work experience. Behind it you put your driver's license, language skills (an example can be found below), computer skills, personal characteristics and competences, hobbies and any references .

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Choose the ideal structure for your resume

In addition to your personal information, a good resume also includes a strong middle section or body. How you structure that part depends on how much professional experience you can write on your resume. There are two options:

1. The chronological resume - for starters

The chronological resume shows your studies and additional courses at the top, such as evening school, additional training, adult education and VDAB courses. Below you describe your student jobs and internships in chronological order, from recent to old.

This type of resume is ideal for starters with little to no work experience. They give recruiters the best possible picture of who they are and what they have to offer. Creating a chronological resume is fairly simple and also easy to scan for the recruiter .

2. The functional resume - for experienced rotting

Drawing up a functional resume means that you first state your knowledge and professional experience that's relevant to the position. Place it at the top and paint it with a description of what you did in your previous position. Also indicate the skills and competences that you developed there.

If you already have a lot of experience on the clock, you can use a functional resume to set the right emphasis to maximize the response to what the recruiter expects.

Make smart choices

A good resume with the most relevant skills that are also mentioned in the vacancy will be more decisive than a resume with only your strongest points or greatest skills. For example, have you studied communication sciences, but does your future lie in sales ? Then prepare your resume mainly with relevant sales or marketing experience that you gained alongside your studies.

Did you work for years as a clerk in the IT sector, but would you rather see yourself as a teacher? Then highlight your experience on your resume if, for example, you successfully took on an intern or new colleague.

Have you prepared your resume and cover letter? Then send them together. Break a leg!

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