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Resume preparation

What Is a Resume?

First things first: let’s define a resume. A resume is a summary of your work history, skills, and education. In this respect, a resume is different than a curriculum vitae— more commonly called a CV. A CV is a complete look at your career, covering every aspect of your education, work and experience without the restriction of length.

How to Structure Your Resume

No two resumes will look exactly alike (nor should they!), but generally, resumes should have the following sections.

Header & Contact Info: At the top of your resume, always include a header containing your name. Your contact info (typically your phone number, personal email address and sometimes links to social profile and personal profile should be close by as well.

Professional Summary: The professional summary is a brief, one- to three-sentence section featured prominently on your resume that succinctly describes who you are, what you do and why are you perfect for the job.

Skills: Once relegated to the bottom of resumes as an afterthought, the select section  has become more and more important as recruiters and hiring managers increasingly look for candidates with specialized backgrounds.

Work Experience: This critical section of a resume is where you detail your work history in a consistent and compelling format.

Education: Since many jobs require a certain level of education, it’s important to mention your academic credentials on your resume.

Additional Experience: An optional, but potentially very valuable, addition to your resume is Additional Experience.

In the last fact check your resume. Check the spelling of proper nouns think: company names, addresses, etc. and make sure you have the current contact information for any references you’ve chosen to add. These things might have changed since you last applied for a job.