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Resume writing part 1

In today’s discussion we wanted to discuss something applicable to the most of our audience, thus our choice naturally fell on resumes. Everyone has one, everyone has an advice on how to write one, and nobody knows what format is the best after all.

However, the search for one single resume format is probably misplaced, since the format of the resume should work with the professional experiences of the applicant and in certain industries highlight particular features. In our discussion we would like to focus on recent business graduates, who have limited (1 year-2 years) professional experience.

So let’s begin!

Virtually all resumes begin with a header. It contains all of your basic contact information, in some countries you can put your date of birth or a picture, in other countries this practice is avoided on discrimination grounds. eMusketeers would however advise you to put your Linked-in link and working rights. A Linked-in link allows for an interested recruiter to go to an information source that you control and allows you to share more detailed positive information (such as skill endorsements, or co-worker references). Stating your work rights up front will also ensure that your resume is not set aside just because your last name sounds foreign (this does happen!).

It is advisable to include an executive summary after you completed your header. It should be very short and summarise the essence of the sections to follow. My executive summary currently reads :”Strong educational background – Internal audit and consulting experience – Proactive learner”

For recently graduated students, who do not have a lot of professional experience, it is often advised to put their educational credentials section before their professional experiences section. That said, I think it is quite important to limit the description of your qualifications to a minimum, just enough to answer the questions: What? When? What was it about? For example, my current degree is set in the resume as “Master of Professional Accounting – University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia – Nov 2012 – Specialised education in accounting, law and statistics.” By keeping it short you will ensure that your resume is inviting to read and captivating enough. This way recruiters will have enough attention left for the professional experiences section. It is not to say that all the team projects and courses that you have done are not important, they are, but best described during an interview.

The Professional experiences section is arguably the most important. Simplicity is key here as well. The information that you give should answer these questions: What? When? What was it about? How did you perform? An illustrative example can be seen below:

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FUNNY LAND FACTORY, Sydney, Australia (11/2011 – 12/2012)

Internal Auditor (part-time)

Leading fun making factory

Lead the internal audit function

Planned and executed audits across a wide range of functions

Developed essential audit skills: interviewing, documentation, and time management

Achievement: Established a formal internal auditor training program

SECRET LAND FACTORY, St Petersburg, Russian Federation (01/ 2011 – 06/2011)

External Consultant

Leading widget manufacturer

– Analysed brand communication channels

– Reviewed product portfolio of the Russian market

– Surveyed current distributor network

Achievement: Team product – distributor oriented brand management program

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As you can see my descriptions are purposefully short, but interesting enough to warrant further discussion. After the professional skills section is completed, you should have the first page of your resume completed and now our attention falls on professional memberships, extra-curricular activities, notable accomplishments, and additional skills sections, which will be discussed in the next week’s post.

Alex

  1. Carlos
    October 12, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Thanks Alexey, I never thought about including my work rights in my resume. When is the second part coming out?
    cheers

  2. October 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Thanks Carlos!
    Including work rights is a controversial issue. Some of my friends say that not including them creates an opportunity for you to establish a reputation and build a case for your employment. I’m also certain that employers do screen employees according to their work rights. That said, I do think that by not including your work authorisation you are being dishonest and secondly wasting your time. If an employer is not willing to hire a person with limited work rights from the start, then surprising them with the issue during the interview is a very odd way to reconcile the matter.

    But once again, I acknowledge that multiple viewpoints exist, and would be glad to discuss the issue further.

    Alex

  1. October 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

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