Writing a resume


Before you read about the layout and content of a resume/ CV (you can find them in the menu to the right), it is important to point that there are no absolute rules on how to do this. Also that the resume and the cover letter are to supplement each other. Don’t repeat yourself the same way in the two. Use the resume for the base and the cover letter to develop what you want to expose.   

A resume presents the achievements of your professional and academic life so that a reader will quickly and easily be able to find the information they want. Think of your resume as an advertising brochure that sells a product and the product is you.

Present your important points – you are a student so your education is of primary interest. What else have you done? At this stage of your career summer jobs are interesting as well as sports, music activities, if you’ve been a scout leader or built a web site – for example. Your resume needs to be well structured, well written, neat and tidy. Keep it to two pages in length; don’t use a small font or other tricks to increase print info per page – it makes it hard to read.

Remember that your resume doesn’t get you the job – but hopefully it can get you the interview. The interview gets you the job.

Published: Tue 19 Oct 2010. Modified: Tue 10 Jan 2012