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Ten Tips for a Top Resume

1. Keep it simple

A resume is nothing more than a brief outline of your education, work experience and interests. Use it to emphasize your strengths without mentioning too many side issues. You can always give an employer detailed information once you have been invited to an interview.

2. Performance first

Use active verb forms, such as: I completed, formed, arranged, acquired, was responsible for, directed. Use dashes to underline your most important achievements. Don't devote lengthy sentences to previous functions.

3. Use a reverse chronology

Start with your current job and work back in time. State the name and country of your employer, with the start and end dates, your precise position with a brief description and your performance. When applying for the first time, write down any RELEVANT work experience, paid or unpaid.

4. Match your resume to the company

Employers are confronted with piles of mail. So if you're applying for IT jobs, make sure that you put that aspect into all your previous jobs as much as possible.

5. Be honest

Lying in your resume is both a waste of time for yourself and your potential employer. For example, try not to close 'holes' in your resume. Adding six extra months to a particular job may seem like a good idea, but if you get caught, you definitely won't get the job. But don't be too modest either. If you think that the three summers that you worked for a charity in France show that you know the country and culture - write it down.

6. Activities during your education

If you have been working for less than two years, pay attention to your performance in addition to your education. Leader of the discussion team, chairman of the football club, secretary of the party committee, representative of the student union. But also if you have side jobs, such as a bartender or taxi driver. That way you show that you're enthusiastic, someone who dares to take the initiative.

7. Create a clear and well-arranged resume

Provide a well-groomed and readable resume. The future employer must be able to find the important information quickly. Highlights can help you list the achievements that can be discussed during a conversation. If your possible employer has to put a lot of effort into reading your resume, he will soon lose interest.

8. Spelling

Typos and grammatical sloppiness often cause the resume to end up directly in the recycle bin. No employer likes to hire someone who can't even check his own work. Don't rely on the spell check of the PC to detect errors. Read your resume carefully if you think it's finished.

9. Two pairs of eyes

A fresh look from a good friend is useful for tracing errors or getting tips. Have your resume read if you think it's finished. After reading and refining three or four times, it's difficult to look at your resume objectively. In other words, you'll no longer notice certain errors or irregularities. It's good to have someone else look at it too. Never try to finish your resume in one go. Always leave it for a few days and then read it carefully before sending it.

10. References

If you have good references, be sure to include them in your resume. However, approach referees first before you use their name. Nothing is worse than referring to someone who knows nothing or who you may not even like. So always ask which image the sponsor will paint of you and only include the positive references. It's best to approach your current employer or a professor / teacher by training. Someone who knows how to function in a certain work environment.

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