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A good resume is an invaluable tool for the development of any career, in any field. Even if you are the one and only person in the entire world suitable for a certain job, the employer has no way of knowing that, unless you convey that message in a well-rounded CV. Organizing your entire professional life in just two pages or less can be a daunting task, so CVGlobe offers the possibility to download free resume templates, suitable for various areas of employment, in order to help you get started faster, and create the perfect document in no time.
It’s important to find a template that suits your particular area of work, but also one that allows you to showcase your best qualities and strongest assets, without leaving out any essential bits of information. Typically, all resumes have more or less the same sections, detailed below, though the organization may vary.
Needless to say, your CV should contain your name (it may sound dumb, but people sometimes forget the most obvious parts) and contact details. Make sure you use an e-mail address with a professional aspect – especially young people, looking for a job for the first time, may be tempted to use an address that is best suited for communication among friends. You don’t have to specify your age, if you feel this may be a disadvantage for you. However, if you have no previous employment history, it’s probably best to state your age, so that people reading the resume can quickly understand that you’re very young, and this is your first application.
The summary is the most important part of your resume, and, of course, it’s also the most difficult to write. Very often it’s the only part that employers actually read, and then they have a look at the rest to see if you have the required experience or educational background.
The summary should start with a sentence that describes who you are, from a professional perspective, or how you define yourself, in relation to your job. Next, write three or four sentences about your best qualities and strongest skills, the ones that make you unique among all the other candidates, and best suited for the job. If you’ve received any important awards during your career, or if you have a very strong recommendation, such as one from a leader in the industry, you should mentioned that here. End the paragraph with a short description of your future objectives, and how you see your development in the following years. If you feel the need for more space, CVGlobe has various resume templates that break up this section into two separate ones, respectively Summary and Objectives.
Here are a couple of tips to help you deal with this section easier:
- First of all, try to think from the employer’s perspective. Read the job ad carefully, and then read it again, and again, and research the company to find out more about their policies and goals, then make the summary about the qualities that make you perfectly suitable for their organization and for the position advertised.
- Also, it’s best to write the summary after you’re done with the rest of the resume, even if it will appear on top of the page – it’s just easier to do it after you’ve clarified your thoughts and covered all the other aspects.
You may decide to use a chronological resume template to list your previous work experience, or a functional one. Either way, it’s very important to stress specific accomplishments and to focus on results. About 16% of employers say they throw away a resume immediately, if the previous positions are described only from the point of view of challenges and tasks, rather than from that of the results actually achieved while working there. The functional resume template makes it relatively easier to deal with this aspect, but some more conservative employers may dismiss it, because it’s not immediately obvious if you had any major career gaps, or if you change jobs too often. Browse our free resume templates to find the one that seems best suited to the general tone of the job ad, and to the information you may have about the company and the employer in question.
The education part is usually the easiest to fill in. Don’t feel obliged to list every single course you’ve ever taken, just mention those that bear some relevance for the job. Usually it’s not recommended to mention the high school graduation, but, if you are very young, it may worth listing it. Also, if you are fresh graduate, take your time to list the most important academic achievements, as the potential employer may regard them as an indication of your future performance on the job.
Skills and Qualifications
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When you download resume templates, bear in mind that the section about skills and qualifications requires extensive customization. Don’t just list your skills, make sure you also mention how you developed them, and any specific projects where they were put to good use. Try to stay away from very generic phrases, and keep things as specific as possible. For example, if apply for a job as secretary, and you have some previous experience in the area, it is expected for you to have good organizational skills and strong office etiquette. Mention some unique aspects that you’ve developed in your previous jobs, such as the ability to work in a multinational environment, to cooperate with teams on different time frames, or to coordinate activities in remote offices.
Hobbies, Personal Interests
The use of hobbies and personal interests in a CV template is somewhat controversial among specialists in the area; some strongly advice against mentioning them, while others think it’s a good way to showcase your personality, allowing the employers the evaluate the changes of successful integration in their existing teams. They may be better suited in creative resume templates, for jobs where your personality makes a big difference, such as those where you have to work directly with people.
Even if the sections of a resume template are quite standardized, each small variation represents an opportunity to make your CV unique. As such, it’s always best to browse our sections and to select a resume template designed especially for your industry, which is already customized to meet certain expectations, thus reducing the risk of filling it with fluff and obvious statements.