CANDIDATES

NAME

Street City, State Zip Phone Email

Job Objective

Very concisely state what job you would like next.

Highlights of Qualifications

  • Write three or four bullet statements that summarize why you would be good at your job objective. Each statement should be no longer than two lines.
  • Your statements should highlight your relevant strengths such as experience, skills, community serviced, and personality traits.
  • Prioritize the statements in this section so the most relevant one comes first.

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

KEY SKILL

  • Write two or more bullet statements about employment or volunteer activities in which you used this skill.
  • Quantify results of your accomplishments when possible and appropriate: refer to how you positively affected the organization, the bottom line, your boss, co-workers, or customers.
  • Mention awards or commendations you received that required this skill.
  • If you used this skill to solve problems, briefly describe the problems and results.

KEY SKIL

  • Write two or more bullet statements, following the tips mentioned under the first Key Skill Section.
  • Prioritize the statements under each Key Skill section so the most relevant one comes first.

WORK HISTORY

Month Year – present

ORGANISATION, City, State
Job Title

Responsibilities

  • a
  • b
  • etc.

Achievements: 

  • a
  • b
  • etc.
Month Year – Month Year  

ORGANISATION, City, State   
Job Title

Responsibilities

  • a
  • b
  • etc.

Achievements: 

  • a
  • b
  • etc.
Month Year – Month Year  

ORGANISATION, City, State
Job Title

Responsibilities

  • a
  • b
  • etc.

Achievements: 

  • a
  • b
  • etc.

EDUCATION

Degree, Major [if relevant], 20xx
School, City, State

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Position held, Organisation, 20xx-present
Position held, Organisation, 20xx-xx

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NAME SURNAME

Phone number, email address
Street City, State Zip Phone Email

Job Objective

Very concisely state what job you would like next.

SUMMARY

  • Write three or four bullet statements that summarize why you would be good at your job objective. Each statement should be no longer than two lines.
  • Your statements should highlight your relevant strengths such as experience, skills, community serviced, and personality traits.
  • Prioritize the statements in this section so the most relevant one comes first.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

COMPANY NAME, City, State, Month YEAR - Month YEAR
Job Title 2
Month YEAR - Month YEAR

  • Write three or four bullet statements about the work you performed on this job and what you learned or accomplished that is relevant to your job objective.
  • Quantify results of your accomplishments when possible and appropriate: refer to how you positively affected the organization, the bottom line, your boss, co-workers, or customers.
  • Mention on-the-job awards or commendations you received that relate to your job objective.

Job Title 1 Month YEAR - Month YEAR

  • Write three or four bullet statements about the work you performed on this job and what you learned or accomplished that is relevant to your job objective.
  • Quantify results of your accomplishments when possible and appropriate: refer to how you positively affected the organization, the bottom line, your boss, co-workers, or customers.
  • Mention on-the-job awards or commendations you received that relate to your job objective.

COMPANY NAME, City, State, Month YEAR - Month YEAR

Job Title

  • Write three or four bullet statements about the work you performed on this job and what you learned or accomplished that is relevant to your job objective. Follow the tips mentioned above.
  • Prioritize the statements under each Job Title section so the most relevant one comes first.

COMPANY NAME, City, State, Month YEAR - Month YEAR
Job Title

  • Write three or four bullet statements about the work you performed on this job and what you learned or accomplished that is relevant to your job objective. Follow the tips mentioned above.
  • Prioritize the statements under each Job Title section so the most relevant one comes first.

EDUCATION

School, City, State, YEAR
Degree, Major, 

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

Course / Training, Organisation, YEAR
Course / Training, Organisation, YEAR

COMPUTER

Make a list of all the software you are an advanced user of (MS Office, SAP, 1C, 3D Max, etc.)

LANGUAGES

Make a list of languages and mention the level of your proficiency for each one, i.e.: 

Russian - native
English - fluent
Italian - Upper Intermediate
German - basic

PERSONAL DATA

Date of Birth: DD Month YEAR
Citizenship: i.e. Russian Federation 

Not only is your resume the first thing an employer sees, it is what the employer will use to decide whether you move on to the next stage of the employment process. Make your first impression count.

Tailoring your Resume to the Job

An effective resume describes your education and experience that specifically relate to the job you are applying for. Your resume is a written snapshot that should clearly support your career goal and be tailored to the particular position for which you are applying. Have a specific job in mind when you are creating your resume. Analyze job descriptions for the skills and abilities that employers are seeking. Read through descriptions, highlight the required skills, attributes and qualifications.

Writing Your Resume

You can opt for the Chronological Resume: It Is the most commonly used format. A chronological resume is written in reverse chronological order – with your most recent education and experiences listed first. This is the easiest format to write. This format is good to use when your most recent experience or education is advantageous to the kind of position you are seeking, you have has job growth within the same company or you are staying in the same field as your prior experience. Sections on this type of resume would include Objectives – Education – Work Experience and Activities.

Functional Resume: In a functional resume, your skills and abilities are highlighted rather than where and when your education and experience took place. This is a good format to use if you have developed a set of skills over a wide variety of experiences within the same organization or activity. This is a good resume if you are entering the job market after a long absence or if you are entering the job market for the first time with little related experience, but a lot of skills. Section headings in this kind of resume would include Management, Leadership, Training Skills, Computer skills, Technical Skills, Research, Sales, etc.

Combination Resume: This form of resume contains the best of the chronological and functional formats. This format is usually used by applicants who have a strong background related to their objective. Sections of this resume would include Education and Experience as well as skills that you want to emphasize.

Conclusion: There are many different ways to make a resume. While composing your resume, write descriptive phrases. Write short phrases that describe what you did and illustrate each skill. Be concise and specific. Arrange the descriptive phrases in order of relevance to the position for which you are applying. What is important is that your resume should make a good impression and it should tell a potential employer what you have to offer. Remember – your resume will not get you a job, but it will hopefully get you an interview!

Example of chronological resume

Example of functional resume

Cover letters:

Although some candidates are equally qualified and submit excellent resumes that emphasize their accomplishments, training, positive work ethic and dedication, some candidates include a general cover letter using the same letter for every jobs opening they look at while other candidates research the companies and learn about their missions, performances, goals, corporate culture and study the job description to clearly spell out how they are an excellent match for that particular opening. These extra efforts very often make the difference and land them a job interview.

It's important to remember that the cover letter, like the resume, is a marketing tool. Use it to show how you can help the company in question.

Research Before You Write

The more you know about the employer's needs, the more compelling your letter can be. Review company Web sites, brochures, sales flyers and other promotional materials to glean pertinent information. If possible, speak with current employees to get the inside scoop. Search newspaper archives, public libraries and career-center resources. Do a keyword search using the company name and see what turns up.

Determine Your Unique Selling Points

With the knowledge that you have about the employer, how would you help achieve organizational goals? Set yourself apart: If there are 100 other applicants applying for the same position, why should the hiring manager take a chance on you? Write a list of the top five reasons why you're an excellent candidate.

Construct Your Letter

Heading/Date

Salutation: It's best to address your letter to a specific person (e.g., "Dear Ms. Jones:"), but use “Dear Hiring Manager,” if there's no way to find that out. Use “Dear Search Committee:" if the decision will be made by committee. Avoid stale salutations such as "Dear Sir/Madam:" and “To Whom it May Concern:”.

Opening Paragraph: Hiring managers are busy and do not care to wade through fluff. Your opening paragraph should clearly state the position for which you're applying. Include a reference code if requested and the referral source (e.g., recommendation from a current employee, etc.). Your opening may also include a synopsis of why you are a top candidate for the position:

Your position advertised on -------- site is an excellent fit with my qualifications, as the enclosed resume will attest. My background includes 10 years of success managing international sales programs, top-ranked regions and Fortune 500 accounts. I offer particular expertise in the high tech sector, with in-depth knowledge of networking technology…

Body: Your letter's body contains the sales pitch. This is your chance to outline the top reasons why you're worthy of an interview. When writing the body text, keep in mind that hiring managers are self-centered -- they want to know what you can do for them, not learn about your life story. Demonstrate how your credentials, motivation and track record would benefit their operation. Review your top five selling factors (the ones you jotted down when doing your company research) and weave them into the body, perhaps as a bulleted list.

Back up achievements with specific examples of how your performance benefited current and former employers. Precede your bulleted list with a statement such as “Highlights of my credentials include:” or “Key strengths I offer include:.”

Keep your letter positive and upbeat: This is not the place to write a sob story about your employment situation. Put yourself in the hiring manager's shoes -- would you call yourself in for an interview?

Closing Paragraph: Your final paragraph should generate a call for action, so express your strong interest in an interview and state that you will follow up soon to confirm your resume was received and discuss the possibility of meeting face-to-face.

Cover letter example

Dear (insert name or "Hiring Manager" if name is unknown):

Your advertisement on Monster for a (insert job title) fits my experience and qualifications perfectly, and I am writing to express my interest in and enthusiasm for the position. As an accomplished sales leader, I have achieved seven-figure revenue growth, international market penetration and successful product launches for leading global corporations during my career.

In addition to my desire to join your team, you will find I am a dedicated and driven professional whose recent accomplishments include:

  • An increase of international sales from 1 percent of the company's total revenue to 75 percent, capturing more than half of the entire --- market within two years.
  • Dramatic expansion of customer base, leading to seven-figure revenue growth rates that far exceed the pace of larger, more established competitors.
  • Development of a 75-member dealer network across the country.
  • Attainment of 100 percent customer retention rate through expert relationship-building skills and a commitment to a solution-focused, service-first sales approach.
  • Launch of a new St Petersburg office, expected to double sales revenue by 2006.
  • Introduction of three innovative product lines, following comprehensive market research and competitive-intelligence gathering.

Your software products are truly on the cutting edge of technology -- you offer products that can change the way a company conducts business on the Internet. I am excited by this technology and would be able to translate this excitement to a business benefit for your current and future clients. If you agree that my qualifications are a close fit to your needs, I would be delighted to meet with you personally to discuss strategies for expanding (name of company's) market presence.

I will follow up with you in a few days to answer any questions you may have. In the meantime, you may reach me at (phone number) or via email at (email address). I look forward to our conversation.

Sincerely,
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