Resumes don’t get jobs – they get interviews! The resume is a document that summarises your education, experiences and qualifications to market you and your abilities to a potential employer.
Your resume should command the reader’s attention and be designed to fit a specific career path. This is the employer’s first impression of you,it should be written with a lot of thought and care. Focus strongly on the relevant skills related to the job you are applying for. Include your name, current address, a telephone number you can be easily reached and one email address you check often. Under education, start with the highest level you have achieved, include degree and (expected) graduation date, terms abroad, thesis, honours and relevant courses.
The most important part of the resume is the related/work experience. It should reflect the skills that are desired for the position you are applying for. List employer/organisation, location, designation, dates of employment and a brief job description. Be concise and concrete in job descriptions. Use action verbs and numbers. Describe responsibilities and skills used. Emphasise results and accomplishments.
List languages and degree of fluency. Be prepared to be interviewed in a language in which you claim fluency.
Optional sections in your resume are volunteer work, other activities, relevant skills (computer, language, etc), awards and honours.
Most resumes should be 1 page, if you have an extensive work history, 2 pages should be maximum.