How To Write an Effective Resume

How To Write an Effective Resume

  • What is the best structure for a resume?
  • What nuances are important for each section?
  • How can a resume be effective?

How To Write an Effective Resume

A correctly formed resume is the first and most important step when seeking a job. This document must be structured, informative, and concise. It is important to follow general standards in order to let an HR-manager get the important information easily and quickly. What sections should a resume include? In which order should they be put? What kinds of nuances are important when working on each section?

The Job

Correctly specify the vacancy you are aiming for. If two vacancies are interesting to you, for example, a secretary and an assistant manager, they should represent one domain. A logistician and translator are not the best choice for the resume title. Such title shows that the job seeker does not know what exactlyis the job he is looking for. For an employer it is an obvious flaw.

Personal Information

This section should contain your first name, middle name, surname, and marital status. Age is optional. It is not considered as a necessary part of the resume, but occasionally employers do prefer specific age brackets. Putting this information in is not a waste.


If you have a degree and seek for the job according to your program of study, talk about the university or college you graduated from. If the job doesn’t fit your educational profile, you can limit this section to the level of your education. For example, “bachelor’s degree” or “high-school education”.


Usually people try to tell their whole labor biography and meticulously describe the domains they worked in. Thisis not recommended. It’s enough to highlight the jobs that are related to the desired one. You can add the overall length of professional experience.


We all have a wide array of skills, but it is unnecessary to cover all of them. Include only those skills that are important for the job. For example: communications with clients, staff management, time management, etc. Here you can also describe your personal qualities like: sociability, stress resistance, professional responsibility.


If possible, ask about average salaries in the company that you are sending the resume to. Don’t specify the number, but determine a range: “a salary not less than…”, “a salary more than…”, etc. Consider the real situation in the labor market. Unrealistically high demands could push away an employer. A resume should include your contacts: mailing address, e-mail, phone number. It is important thatyour phone is often available. Do not forget to check your e-mail. An employer can use this channel to ask for additional information.

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Megan HotWork author
16 Mar 2016
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