A resume, like the motivation letter, is a must when it comes to applying for a job. The resume gives the recipient a first impression of you. That’s why it is important to present your strengths, assets and special skills as clear and possible. We are going to show you what makes a resume great and how you can frame it in the best way possible. 

Resume structure: these details are essential

Portrait picture: I photo isn’t a must but definitely makes for a great first impression. It should be portrait style, not a full-body picture.
Personal details: First and Last Name, Birthday, as well as Country of Citizenship and Citizenship
Education: School(s) you have attended (with location, duration of studies and time of graduation)
Higher Education: University or College (field of study, duration, and abroad semesters – if applicable)
Vocational Training: Type of training, training location, and professional qualification
Career Path: Different positions, employers, location of work, description of responsibilities, duration
Further experience and training: Freelance work, advanced trainings, seminars,, etc (type of training, incl. certificate)
Special skills and knowledge areas: Language proficiencies, Computer skills, driving license, etc.
Hobbies and Interests: Hobbies and interests should be communicated within a reasonable scope and tailored to the application
References Employer’s references of previous employers and mentors
Location, Date and Signature Location and date of creation of resume, a signature isn’t compulsory

Resume Content

In most companies, the Human Resource Manager receives your application documents. This person doesn’t necessarily have an actual insight into the advertised position (unless you want to work in HR). That’s why it is all the more important that your resume has the following qualities:

Resume qualities

  • a clear format
  • integrity
  • a good structure of the content

These are the three attributes that build the foundation of any good resume. Design and layout aren’t even that important, as long as it is readable/clear, complete and is structured well.

The most important information and key-facts of your person should be quickly identifiable.

What to do with hobbies and gaps in your resume?

First of all it is important that your resume is as complete as possible – this refers to obligatory content such as personal details, education and advanced training, career path, special skills and competences.

Hobbies and extra-professional trainings should only be stated within a reasonable scope. Even if you are the beer-pong champion, this has nothing to do with your professional future and should not be included in your resume. Yet, extra-curricular activities like voluntary work should definitely be included. This always makes for a positive impression.

Never mind the gaps

Should you have gaps in your resume (ie. if you took a gap year to travel the world) you should be reasoning eat the best way possible. Don’t worry: a world trip is a great experience and employers usually evaluate it as a positive asset of yours.

In the end you should complete your letter or application by citing some references of past employers or positive letters of recommendations of mentors.