Did you know that resume is the first thing a recruiter or employer reads?

Writing a resume is not always the easiest. There are many examples out there about how a resume should look or how to write a good one. The first thing a recruiter or employer reads is the resume of the candidate, before anything else. Therefore, it is important that this is structured and gives a good first impression. We have listed five tips on how to write a good resume and what it should contain.


Top five resume tips

Tailor the resume

Do not submit a standard resume when applying for a job. Instead, you should use the resume to explain to the employer how to solve the tasks outlined in the announcement. Explain how your experience and skills come in handy. It allows the person who reads it to see you in the role.

Create "Key Qualifications"

A key qualification column at the top of the resume is a brief summary of your qualifications and competencies, which gives you further room to tailor the resume to a prospective employer. Here you write what the employer should keep in mind as they read the rest of your resume. But don't boast too much - be objective. Put yourself in the role you are intended for and explain why you are the right candidate.

Cut the unnecessary

If you are young and have little experience, and do not much to write on your CV you can of course include early summer jobs and early education. But as you grow older, gain experience or have completed higher education, the older jobs become less important. If you have a master's degree in law, we know that you did well in high school. The same goes for very basic computer knowledge. "Experience with Email and Windows" is expected from you for just about every job. For best effect always write in reverse chronological order. It is "almost" always the last thing you have done that is most interesting.


Use a presentable picture

It is becoming more and more common to have a photo in the CV, also in Norway. This is especially true for positions where one has to be an outward face, for example in sales positions. Make sure you have a photo that looks professional and presentable. Photo Tip: Stand by a wall with your shoulder along the wall so the camera sees you in profile. Turn towards the camera with a bend in the front knee. This helps you look assertive and engaged

Avoid typos

It's easy to "become blind" working on a CV you edit all the time. But typos in such an important document leave a very bad impression on the applicant - Have a friend read through before submitting! Also, remember to check the typos in the subject field and the text in the email message before pressing send.

We hope this has given you some good tips and helpful input. Your resume should be personal and should therefore be perceived as your own. The resume gives the reader the first impression and can be your way to an interview.

Here's an example of the structure for your resume :

Personalia   - Name, address, email, mobile, age, marital status

Key Qualifications   - A brief summary of your qualifications and competencies

Work experience   - Briefly on where you have worked in the past and what tasks you had there.

Education  - What types of education have you taken, what degree you have achieved and the duration of your education.

Courses   - Which courses are most relevant to the position you are applying for and can give you an advantage.

Interests  - if applicable

References   - provided upon request