How to make the most of your Classic Green curriculum vitae or resume template
There is no one ideal way to write and finalise a curriculum vitae but these general tips always need to be followed:
1. Your CV is targetted to the specific role or industry for which you are applying and showcases the most relevant skills you have.
2. It is carefully and clearly laid out, logically ordered, legible and not cramped.
3. It is enlightening but succinct.
4. It is free from grammar, spelling or punctuation errors. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, be sure your grammar and spelling is awesome.
As well as to these ‘musts’, here are our best tips for customising this template:
1. Keep adjusting
If your curriculum vitae is put together the wrong way round on fluorescent green paper and it lands you regular interviews, why consider changing it? The bottom line is that if it’s generating results, don’t be too quick to interfere with what works. On the other hand, if it’s not getting you results, ask people to look it over and offer their thoughts. Having said this, if you make use of the template on this page as your starting point, you shouldn’t get it wrong.
2. Incorporate keywords
If you have uploaded your CV to a job web site so recruiters can find you, keywords are especially significant. Job titles plus job keywords can help search engines lift your CV to the top. To get inspiration for keywords, have a search online and find out which words are frequently used when you input your job title.
3. Keep it real!
Generally a CV ought to be no more than two pages – and that’s two pages of A4 sheets. Employers spend, on average, only eight seconds browsing through any one curriculum vitae, and a guaranteed way of landing your application on the no pile is to send them your whole life story. Always keep it punchy, pertinent, and save the detail for your interview.
4. Jazz it up
Image is everything right now, and it’s just as true for your CV. Devote some time to refining how the curriculum vitae looks, in addition to your content. Use bullet points where it makes sense to do so, and always keep sentences short. Make use of the graphic design trick of allowing lots of white space surrounding your text and in between sections to make the page layout easy to digest.
5. Personalise it
We’ve all done it. Sending the exact same curriculum vitae to lots of employers to save your time. Across-the-board messages provide limited results so don’t fall into this trap – make time to modify your CV for each and every position that you go for. Study the organisation and use the job posting to figure out specifically exactly what skills you should point out to them. They will recognise the patent effort.
6. Sell your maths
Backing up your positive results with numbers makes selling yourself a lot easier. When putting together your work history, don’t just state that you increased sales – tell them you increased sales by 40% over a four month period. Be precise.
7. Write a personal statement
Never just think an recruiter will know how your experience applies to their job. Instead, use a brief personal statement to summarise why you are the best person for the job. This should be indicated in your cover letter equally.
8. Don’t lie
Outright lies on your CV can get you in a heap of trouble when it comes to employers verifying your references and background. The last thing you want is to begin your new job and then lose your new role for resorting to lies. Also, you could get caught out during the interview stage when you suddenly struggle to respond to questions on things you have claimed to know. It’s never worth the trouble – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps unexplained
Leaving obvious gaps on your curriculum vitae instantly makes employers doubtful – and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of employment it can be a concern but just put a positive spin on it. Did you study for a qualification, do some volunteering or cultivate soft skills for example communication or teamwork? If that’s the case, make it evident. Never presume you’ll get the opportunity to clarify at the interview – as the gaps may possibly put them off giving you a chance.
10. Clean up your errors
Recruiters do look for mistakes on CV and if they find them, it makes you appear bad. With many employers having huge amounts of candidates these days, providing them with the excuse to throw out your application as a result of avoidable slips is definitely not going to help you secure an interview. Even if you think your spelling and grammar is awesome, make use of a spellchecker and ask another person to double check what you have written – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Always keep fresh
You should always keep your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that might be relevant.