The Definition of a Resume

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This article shows you what is the definition of a resume - also named as a cv or curriculum vitae - and what components must be included in your resume.

What is a Resume?

A resume (CV/Curriculum Vitae) means life course. The resume summarizes your work experience, your education and your skills. The purpose of the resume is to give the reader a quick overview of your profile. Therefore, the resume must be easy to understand and precisely formulated.

The resume together with the cover letter forms your application material. But the resume must in principle be able to stand alone, because several employers read this first and already here sort the applicants. In cases where you apply for a job without a specific job advertisement, the resume must also be able to speak for itself. We therefore recommend that you use your strength to prepare a solid and targeted resume every time you apply for a job.

You can start from your competence profile when writing your resume. Consider the competence profile as your personal stock of skills. If you make sure to keep your competence profile up to date, you also have an overview of eg. your appointments and courses.

From the competence profile you pick the information that's relevant to the position you're looking for. In principle, this means that you start over and write a new resume every time you apply for a job. It's important that the contents of the resume match the job and the company, and you can advantageously highlight or downplay your experience from time to time. The more targeted a resume is, the greater the likelihood of you coming to a job interview.

An example: it's not a requirement that you can have a specific language, or it's not an international company that you're looking for, so it's superfluous to mention your language skills in your resume. The same applies to the fact that you have a driving license if the job doesn't require you to drive.

A resume should contain information about

  • Personal data
  • Skills
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Courses
  • Possibly. language and IT skills
  • Leisure and / or positions of trust

Two common types of Resume

You can either build your CV chronologically or according to your skills or functions. One is no more right than the other.

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