This is how you convince with your résumé
In order to create a formal résumé for your application dossier, it is sufficient to follow a few simple rules. But if you want to leave a lasting impression on the recipient, a personal note is recommended.
“Quickly” to summarize the key data of your own life – personal details, training, previous positions – does not sound that complicated in itself. But as is so often the case, the devil hides in the details. Be aware: Whether or not you are invited to an interview often depends to a large extent on your résumé (and the decision is usually made in less than a minute). So it is worth investing time in your curriculum vitae . In any case, you cannot change anything about your job references, just like you can change your previous qualifications and professional achievements. However, it is very well within your possibilities to present them as professionally and attractively as possible. This is precisely why it is also worthwhile to adapt the résumé individually for each application: Address special requirements from the job advertisement. Only name the training courses that are relevant to the position you are aiming for. Show that you are not just interested in one , but in this position. Please note the basic rule that a résumé should not be longer than two pages.
Present yourself from your best side
How is your résumé created? Before you begin listing details, create a clear outline. A typical sequence: personal data, professional history, education, additional qualifications. You are now ready to fill the individual bullet points with content.
- Personal data: In this part you state your name, address, nationality and work permit, telephone and e-mail, date of birth, marital status and (if relevant for the position) the driver’s license category.
- Professional career: Enter the beginning and end of the previous positions (for example, “5/2012 to 7/2014 back office at Schreinerei Mustermann AG, Rheinfelden”). Start with your current or last job. Supplement the most important activities within the scope of each position – always with a view to the area of activity for which you are currently applying. Think about which of the tasks might be most important to your potential employer. The same applies here as with all other points: Of course, you always stick to the truth! As an applicant, do not ask yourself: What would my future employer like to hear? Rather, think about it: What do I have that qualifies me for this job.
- Training and further education: State the qualification you last acquired first. If you have often taken part in further training measures or completed internships, select the points that are relevant for the position you are aiming for. It should be added: For young professionals, training and further education naturally play a larger role and can be placed before their professional career.
- Additional qualifications: These include foreign languages or computer skills. Hobbies can also be important – for example, if you are a coach for a sports team or if you restore vintage cars in your free time. If this section is out for a long time, we recommend that you check the individual points for relevance for the company to which you are applying.
- Photo: A picture of you makes the application much more personal. In any case, use a professional photo – with a snapshot from the last vacation you hardly recommend yourself for a job.
Signature as a personal note
Finally, the question arises: should the resume be signed? There is probably no clear answer here. Proponents of the signature like to argue that this once again confirms the correctness of all information. Even if the failure of the signature is only responsible for the rejection of the application in the rarest of cases: What speaks against it? With your signature you give the document a more personal touch and a different value. If your application is sent electronically, you can simply scan your signature and insert it into the document.