How to write a resume: tips for job seekers

A photo on a resume will always be a plus, even if the position does not involve communication with people. A photo will make your resume personalized, making it easier to spot and harder to miss or remove. But choosing a portrait for a resume needs to be critical: a bad photo can ruin everything. Professional portrait photography, business and neutral, works best.

In the contacts section, pay attention to the mailbox – it must correspond to the professional status.

Desired position and salary

It is not necessary to include your desired salary on your resume writing, but any employer will be happy if you do.

Check your expectations against the average salary in the market: look at vacancies, at statistics by region and professional field. A salary that is overpriced by 40% or more will definitely scare off a recruiter. Find out the average salary in the market for your city and your professional region.

Work experience

If you are not a beginner specialist, experience is the main part of your resume. Therefore, this section should be approached with special care.

The experience should look whole, that is, without long career breaks. The experience should look stable: if you change jobs more than once a year, the employer will be alerted. Changes in positions within the same company are usually indicated in one block. Pay attention to the last three years of work: employers are interested in this first and foremost.

Never copy the list of responsibilities from the job descriptions. Highlight the most important and write it down in understandable language, without clericalism.

Sometimes job seekers describe work in a particular company, as if they are writing a chapter from their own biography: “Here I started my career from lower positions, diligently seeking a promotion” or “With a cursory acquaintance, you might think that the job was easy for me, but in fact it was exactly vice versa. “


All educational courses indicated in the resume must relate to professional activities. Better to be missing something than adding dubious certificates.

Key skills

Many job seekers completely ignore this section, but in vain: it is often here that the recruiter looks after getting acquainted with the experience and education of the candidate. Key skills are specific knowledge and skills that relate directly to work processes.

CV check

When the work is finished, we advise you to go through the text carefully two or three times, correcting mistakes and editing not very successful phrases. Keep in mind that typos in headlines, company names, and job titles will especially alert employers.

Rereading the text more than three times in a row is pointless. It is better to return to it after a while and then check again. If you want to show your resume to someone else, choose someone with experience as a recruiter – otherwise, you are guaranteed to get a bunch of unnecessary advice.


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