Writing resumes can be difficult. It is even more difficult when you are making a resume in a different language. There are many ways to write and format a resume. This is just one example with some helpful tips to help you get started. In some industries, there may be a specific format required, so do your research and see if the type of job you are applying for requires adjustments or a special format.

Remember, resumes should usually be one to two pages long. It is important to know what to include and what to leave out. There are details often included or even necessary to put on resumes in some countries that should definitely not be included on resumes in North America. Do not include your age, religion, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or a photo, unless any of this information is requested in the job posting and relevant to the particular job you are applying for. There are exceptions to these rules. For instance, actors do include photos and other details about their appearance on their resumes. Once you finish writing your resume, don’t forget to check your spelling and grammar. Don’t just check for mistakes, but also check to make sure you keep the same tone and style of language throughout. Make sure you don’t have any sentences that suddenly sound informal in the middle of a professional resume.

If you are applying for a job in North America and you live in another part of the world, you will need to keep in mind that the USA and Canada use differently-sized paper than Europe and much of the rest of the world. The paper normally used in North America is called “Letter”-sized paper, which is 8.5”x11” (in inches). This is wider and shorter than the A4-sized paper generally used in Europe and much of the rest of the word. This means that if you use a word processor like Microsoft Word and leave the paper size set to the correct size for your country and it is printed in North America, the layout will be messed up! So make sure you set the correct paper size in your word processor to match the common paper size in the country you are sending your resume to. The attached document is set to North American “Letter” size.

Below you will find more tips about each part of the resume, and then a complete example of a basic resume for a low-level job. Do not copy the resume exactly. It is obvious to an employer when a resume is not your own. You will not get the job you want if you copy someone else’s resume.

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In English-speaking countries like England, Canada, and the USA, what should you include on a resume?

A resume is a letter you write and send to places where you want to work. It includes details on why you are qualified for the job you're applying for.

For most jobs, you do not need to send a resume. You only need a cover letter.

You can write a resume by hand.

How long should a resume be?

Your resume should have five paragraphs. You should use mainly full sentences on resumes and avoid bullet points.

You are writing a resume and have no job experience. You should:

What should you not include on your resume?

You should rewrite or change your cover letter for each company you apply to.

You want to show how you are good at problem solving in your cover letter. You should:


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