A resumé is our formal introduction to recruiters. It is the tool used to showcase our professional profile, as well as to highlight several of our personal qualities and professional accomplishments. In other words, it is our ticket to obtain that longed-for interview; for this reason, our resumé must be attractive and convincing, the product of careful preparation. Next, we list some of the key items that must be considered when drafting our resumé:
- First, it is important to pay close attention to its typography, composition, and spelling, as well as the resumé’s design. There are several templates that can help you write one. The resumé must be attractive, but it should not be too visually elaborate, that is, it should not feature bold colors or extravagant fonts.
- Length. The recommendation is that it should not exceed three pages. Therefore, you should only include the most relevant information regarding your academic background, work experience, and a very brief description of the duties and responsibilities of the positions held. A brief description of your accomplishments is also recommended. This information must be provided in chronological order, preferably starting with the most current details.
- The first information provided should be your full name and address, followed by other personal information such as national identification or passport number, date of birth, telephone numbers, and email address. You probably already have an email address; if you do not, we recommend using a simple format, instead of more extravagant ones such as yourprincess@…/ beatygirl@…/ bandit507@…. Please remember, a resumé is a formal document, and one should, therefore, be very careful with its content.
- Academic background, professional experience, seminars and/or training sessions taken, knowledge or proficiency in other languages, programs or tools are elements that cannot be left out of your resumé. You are also allowed to include several skills, interests or goals.
- You may also include professional references (supervisors, immediate supervisors, etc.), or personal references if this is your first job opportunity. Both types of references must include a name, job title, telephone contact number, and even the place of employment of your references.
- Finally: the photograph. We left it until the very end because this step can be regarded as more of a choice than a requirement. However, including a photograph will depend on the place of employment and desired position that you are applying for. Should you decide to include a photograph, you must be extremely careful with the selection to be included in your resume. “Selfies,” professional photographs taken for special occasions, as well as suggestive ones must be avoided at all costs if the applicant wants to convey a good impression. Let’s remember that a resumé is our formal letter of introduction to spark the interest of recruiters; it is not meant to be a beauty pageant or a social media profile.