Ready to personalise this résumé? Here are our best tips to get you going:
- Hold a résumé master list on your laptop where you keep any details you’ve ever covered on a résumé: previous positions, components adapted for various applications, special initiatives that only in some cases make sense to include. Then, as you are developing each résumé, it’s simply about copying and pasting appropriate content.
- Think of your résumé not as a in depth record of your career history, but as a promotional document pitching you as the perfect candidate for the role. For every single résumé you submit, you’ll need to showcase only the results and capabilities that are most pertinent to the role (no matter if that would mean you leave out all of your experience).
- There are loads of different forms of résumés, but the traditional reverse chronological (where your current experience is listed first) is still your best bet. While you can certainly use skills-focused résumés in particular scenarios, some prospective employers will question what you’re hiding.
- Be sure your top experiences and achievements are noticeable on the top third of your résumé. That top part is what the hiring manager is likely to read first—and what will serve as a hook for a person to continue on reading through.
- For the majority of job roles, apply a plain but modern-day font, like Helvetica, Arial or Lucida Console. Make your résumé is easily readable for recruiters by choosing a font size anywhere between 10 and 12.
- Think carefully before making use of a two-page résumé. If you have a sufficient amount of suitable experience, education, and credentials relating to the role to highlight on more than a single page of your résumé, then do it. But if you can convey the same information in less space? Do that.
- You may want to utilize a distinctive font or typeface for your name, your résumé headings, and the organisations you have worked for, but ensure that it stays straightforward and keep it constant. Adding a border (like the broken border used for this résumé template) helps your résumé to stand out from the pile. Consider also using heavier, high quality paper, perhaps in an off-white shade. These details help give the impression you’ve put time and attention into your application and therefore care about the role you’re applying for.
Want even more pointers on making your résumé stand out? Try our guide: How to write a résumé.