How to write a resume: 3 must-haves

Looking for a fresh look to your resume? Tired of the awkward template you’ve been using since you graduated and applied for your first job? It’s never too late to build a resume from scratch.

Sure, you can build on what you have, but definitely make sure you’ve nailed these 3 must-haves in any strong CV.


  1. Relevant personal details: Never waste important space announcing your age, ID, specific address, or marital status in a CV. The only things that matter for a future employer to assess for fit is your contact details, area/region of residence, and educational background.
  2. Keywords and more keywords: To beat Applicant Tracking System (ATS) filters, they should show up in your summary and more importantly, in your job scope and achievements. Optimizing for keywords makes it easy and effortless for anyone screening CVs to decide if you are worth another minute of their precious time.
  3. A clear, reverse chronological career history: Write from your most recent to your oldest job. Dedicate more content to your current or longest employment. Specify each period of employment using months and years. This style is the most sensical way of organizing your resume. And for good reason.

    Never ever organize your work history by skill set or competency or any other theme. Functional resumes are every recruiter’s pet peeve, don’t give them an easy reason to reject you.

Forget about using fancy formatting templates, or including information that does not add real value.

Resist the temptation to use marketing fluff that all 200 other CVs have in common.

In fact, read more about the top 5 mistakes that most applicants make in their resumes today to make sure that’s not you.

Instead, master these basic must-haves of a resume - An internal recruiter or hiring manager should be able to answer any burning questions they have about you from just 10 seconds of glancing at your resume.

If they like what they see, you will be on your way to an interview soon enough.

Figuring out what companies want to see though, on a resume, is very tricky business. Our experts at CareerSifu might be able to help! Consult with us today.


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