Resume Writing Rules

The purpose of a resume is to market yourself. It is important to target the resume to the job requirements.
It is recommended to write more than one resume and to send the one most suitable for the job requirements.

To pass the employer’s screening process make sure the resume addresses as many of the job requirements as possible.

The resume should preferably be only 1 page.

Resume Format

A resume has a specific format:

  • Personal details
  • Education
  • Employment experience
  • Military service
  • Additional skills

Important to know:

  • When writing a resume it is important to include information relevant to the position.
    Including information that is unrelated to the position may harm the applicant’s chances of obtaining an interview while the employer may overlook information relevant to the position.
  • To describe previous positions use the gerund form of the verb. It is preferable to write: demonstrating high service awareness, providing service to customers, conducting interviews, training staff, negotiating, etc.
  • Document design:
    -Use the same font throughout the document (David, Ariel).
    -Pay attention to the spacing throughout the document and between positions.
    -Start each item on a new line and place a bullet at the beginning of each new item (avoid full paragraphs).

Specifying Personal Details

Personal details will be specified in the first 3 lines –
First name+ family name telephone address – if you want to work at a location far from your home address indicate when you will be available to begin work (Haifa/ Tel Aviv).

Specifying Education

  • List education in chronological order beginning with the most recent.
  • Indicate from which year to which year.
  • Indicate the degree.
  • Indicate the name of the institution that awarded the degree.
  • If you completed the degree with distinction, indicate this.
  • If you did not complete the degree write “studied towards a degree in…..” and list the name of the institution in which you studied.
  • Courses are listed below the academic degrees and specified if they are relevant to the position.

Employment Experience

List your experience in chronological order beginning with your current position.
If your relevant experience is not necessarily in chronological order then indicate in the heading “experience relevant to the position” and add a subheading “additional information” where you will list experience that is less relevant to the position.

In the heading specify:

  1. The years you worked in the company, from which year to which year.
  2. The name of the company and your position.

Below the heading specify:

  • What your position entailed, using bullets.
  • Match the details of your responsibilities to the position to which you are applying.
  • Emphasize the responsibilities you carried out to show that you are the suitable applicant for the position.
  • If you are applying to a position in which your experience exceeds what is needed, and you are in fact overqualified with respect to the job requirements, adapt the resume to the job requirements. You can also decide to remove certain skills.
  • Employment stability – employers check to see if there are many transitions between positions within a short period of time, or if there are “holes” in your resume. Employers look for employees with employment stability.

To demonstrate employment stability you should:

  1. Indicate years and not specific months.
  2. Indicate if you traveled abroad/ were on maternity leave/a period in which you worked at odd jobs.

Military Service

Indicate the years and the position.
If you did not serve in the army remove this section from the resume.

Additional Skills

Languages – list the languages in which you are proficient.
Computer applications – specify the programs you know so that the recruiter will know that you are proficient in them.
Recommendations- if you have recommendations add the following sentence at the bottom of the page: “References available upon request” (in the resume itself there is no need to add names of recommenders and recommendation letters).

Sample Student Resume

First name and last name
050-6666666   lla@gmail.com
Address

Education

2018-current – Third year undergraduate student in Tourism and Hotel Management at Kinneret Academic College (if there is a specialization, indicate right after the name of the degree).

If the grade average is above 85, this can be indicated on the resume.

2010-2012 – Branco Weiss high school, Haifa .

Expanded subject – Tourism and Hospitality, 5-units, matriculation average grade – 90.

Employment Experience (chronological, begin with current)

2019-2020  – Receptionist at Euro Hotel, Haifa.

  • Responsibility for guest check-in.
  • Responsibility for personally handling guest requests.
  • Responsibility for customer relations with hotel guests.

2015-2017 – Bar manager at Euro Hotel, Haifa.

  • Responsibility for staff.
  • Handling….
  • Ordering supplies in the scope of ……
  • Handling recurrent problems.

Military Service
(Include information from recruitment to discharge) (If you did not serve in the army do not include this section)

2013-2017  – Army service in … unit. Discharged with the rank of….

  • Responsibility for…..
  • Handling….
  • Indicate if you received a Medal of Distinguished Service.

Computer Applications

  • Proficient in OFFICE
  • Excellent proficiency in EXCEL

Languages

Hebrew – mother tongue

English – mother tongue level

Arabic – high level

References available upon request.

Sample Graduate Resume

First name and last name
050-6666666  lla@gmail.com
Kibbutz Haon
Immediately available to work in Tel Aviv

Education

2017-2020  – B.A. in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kinneret Academic College.
Grade average of 85.
2015-2016 – Electrical Engineering Technician, Kinneret Technological College.
2009-2012 – Ort Ramot High School in Holon, Electricity track.
Electricity 7 units, average grade of 90.

Employment Experience

2018-2020 – Assistant Senior Electrician, Israel Electric Corporation, Haifa.
– Responsibility for handling ongoing malfunctions.
– Handling….
– Establishing….
– Planning and construction of ….

Avoid descriptions such as “the position required” or “as part of the position I was required to…”. The wording should be formal and dignified.

Military Service

2013-2015 – army service as electrical systems technician at Beit El base.

Computer Applications

OFFICE applications – high level
EXCEL – high level

Languages

Hebrew – mother tongue
English – high level

References available upon request.

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