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How to Write a Professional Resume

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A resume, or also called CV/Curriculum Vitae, is a description of your business life. In a resume you briefly and briefly tell what experiences you have gained so far during your career. An employer would like to see the most relevant information from you. It's therefore important to create a professional resume that's tailored to the position you're applying for. But how do you do that? and what information do you put in a resume?

A resume has a clear structure with well-arranged sections, but you can also be creative! These items will be reflected in your resume:

The title

First of all, a resume always contains a title. This can be 'Curriculum Vitae', for example, but it's good to also include your own name in the title. In this way an employer immediately knows whose resume it is.

Personal information

Enter your contact details under the 'Personal data' field. State your full name, address, (mobile) telephone number and email address here. An employer would also like to know if you have a driver's license: also state this in the personal details.

Tip: Did you know that you don't have to put your nationality or age on your resume?

Personal profile

By adding a personal profile to your resume, you give your resume a personal touch. In the personal profile you introduce yourself in four to seven sentences and you can state what you're good at, for example, what your personal qualities are or what your ambition is. A personal profile motivates the employer to continue reading your resume and distinguishes you from other applicants. It's therefore important to write this from your own perspective. Be original!

Work experience

In the 'Work experience' section you state all work experiences that are relevant to the position for which you're applying. You start with the most recent work experience and end with the work experience that you gained the longest time ago. For each experience, state the period in which you worked, the job title and the company where you worked and a brief description of the work experience.

Training and courses

By mentioning courses and courses on your resume, you show an employer that you're still developing. It's therefore important to list all the study programs and courses that you have attended from high school. Start with the most recently completed education or course and end with one of your first completed education or courses. Also state when you have followed the course or course, the name of the course or course and the diploma or certificate obtained.

Tip: don't put a course on your resume if you haven't completed it.

Other activities

Ancillary activities are activities that you do in your free time. These activities also ensure that you gain new knowledge and that you're still developing. When a certain side activity is important for the position you're applying for, it's good to mention it on your resume. Examples of ancillary activities are volunteering, member of a committee or board and coaching at a sports club.

Extra information

In your resume you can include additional information in addition to the above items. This can be, for example, language skills, software that you can use, personal information, volunteering or your interests and to what extent you have these skills. In this way an employer gets a better picture of what you can do and where your qualities lie.

References

Sometimes a new employer wants to know who you're and how you function. In this case it's wise to include references in your resume. An employer can then contact the person concerned to request this information, but may never do so without your permission. Conversely, it's not common to specify someone as a reference without the person's approval. Ask an old employer who knows you well, who you know can tell positive things about you and who can articulate the less positive qualities.

You can state a reference under the 'Reference' heading. You're not required to state the contact details of your sponsor. This is also possible on request. This way you prevent the sponsor from being called without your knowledge.

See also: How to Apply for a Job

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