Preparing your Resume for the Israeli Job Market
Hebrew: איך לכתוב קורות חיים
An up-to-date, well planned resume, is the first step towards getting that all important first interview. Today social networks play a huge role in our job seek. Professional networks like LinkedIn, About Me or your own website, allow you to outline and detail your work history but these resources do not replace the need for a written resume. Israel has its own resume rules and it is a good idea to implement them wherever possible.
Remember the person receiving and reading your resume could be a native Hebrew speaker. Keep your information short and to the point. It would be a pity to have your resume rejected just because the person that received it, struggled with the content.
1. Your Name
Your current physical address: street, city/town, country Your postal address where applicable.
Your telephone number and email address
2. Personal Details
- Identity number
- Country of origin
- Year of Aliyah or relocation
- Date of birth
- Marital status
- Number of children
- Driver's license and type
- Details of army service where applicable
3. Your work experience in Israel
- Most recent - Company name
- Dates of tenure (year - year)
- Role within the company (2 line description is usually sufficient - keep it short and to the point)
- Previous positions in Israel in descending date order
4. Work experience prior to your arrival in Israel
If you have been working in Israel for more than 10 years it is not necessary to go into too much detail about this aspect of your work history. For example, it would be sufficient to say:-
(Moneymakers Inc.), (Finance Company), (Location), (Year - year)(Position) Example: Personal assistant to CEO
Your highest degree first, university and year of graduation. Other degrees and diplomas
6. Academic & processional awards
7. Language skills
- Mother tongue
- Second language - advanced (spoken, reading, written), intermediate or beginner
- Third language - advanced (spoken, reading, written), intermediate or beginner
8. Computer skills
9. Voluntary or community work
10.Publications if applicable on a separate page
- Suggested length of resume - no more than 2 pages
- Font: Arial 12 or 11 (no smaller)
- It is preferable to translate your resume into Hebrew. Again, the person reviewing the resumes may overlook yours as they do not have a high level of English and it is too time consuming for them to read it thoroughly.
- Your prospective employee with probably do some internet research on you. So, build a LinkedIn profile and include details of it on your resume. Use websites like about.me to build a professional online presence.
- Customize your resume for each job application and proofread it before you send it out.
Do NOT include:
- Photographs of yourself
- Original Diplomas and documentation
- Salary expectations (unless specifically requested)
- Abbreviations - they may not be correctly understood, for example - M.D. may mean Managing Director to some and to others it could be understood as Medical Doctor.
- References - make mention that you have them but do not attach them, they can be provided at a later stage
- Goals and objectives; your only goal and objective is to find a job, we know this otherwise you would not be submitting a cv. Avoid blowing your own trumpet or trying to impress with fancy language and confusing ideas.
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