All set to customise our Burgundy shadows CV/résumé template? Here are our best tips to get you up and running:
- Hold a résumé master list on your laptop where you store any content you have ever incorporated on a résumé: old jobs, sections modified for various applications, special initiatives that only in some cases make sense to use. Then, as you’re writing each résumé, it’s just a matter of cutting and pasting important content.
- View your résumé not as a complete record of your career history, but as a marketing document selling you as the most appropriate prospect for the role. For every résumé you prepare, you will need to play up only the achievements and skills that are most pertinent to the role (even if that means you leave off every bit of your experience).
- There are tons of different kinds of résumés, but the good old reverse chronological (in which your latest experience appears first) continues to be your best choice. While you can certainly choose skills-focused résumés in certain circumstances, some prospective employers will question what you are hiding.
- Be certain that your top experiences and successes are visible on the top third of the résumé. This top part is just what the employment manager is going to read first—and what will operate as a hook for a person to carry on reading through.
- For most job roles, use a plain but modern-day font, like Helvetica, Arial or Century Gothic. Make your résumé is readable for would-be employers by using a font size somewhere between 10 and 12.
- Think long and hard before utilizing a two-page résumé. If you possess more than enough relevant experience, training, and credentials related to the position to present on more than one page of your résumé, then go ahead. But if you can paint the same picture in significantly less space? Do that.
- You may want to go with a distinctive font or typeface for your name, your résumé headers, and the organisations you’ve worked for, but keep it simple and make certain it’s consistent.
Need more pointers on making your résumé stand out? Use our guide: How to write a résumé.