Eager to personalise your handwritten CV/résumé template? Here are our top tips to get you going:
- Keep a résumé master list on your computer where you retain any content you’ve ever incorporated on a résumé: past roles, sections customized for various applications, specific projects that only sometimes make sense to incorporate. Then, when you’re crafting each résumé, it is just a matter of cutting and pasting appropriate info.
- Imagine your résumé not as a thorough list of your employment background, but as a promotional document selling you as the right person for the role. For each résumé you send out, you will need to spotlight only the achievements and abilities that are most relevant to the position (even if that would mean you leave off every bit of your experience).
- You’ll find tons of distinctive types of résumés, but the good old reverse chronological (where your current experience is listed first) still is your best choice. While you can utilize skills-focused résumés in certain scenarios, some prospective employers may be suspicious about what you are covering up.
- Be certain that your finest experiences and successes are seen on the top third of your résumé. The top portion is just what the prospective employer is likely to view first—and what will suffice as a hook for someone to continue on browsing.
- For most positions, apply a plain but contemporary font, like Helvetica, Arial or Lucida Console. Make your résumé is easily readable for prospective employers by employing a font size between 10 and 12.
- Think long and hard before making use of a two-page résumé. If you possess sufficient suitable experience, training, and certification relevant to the job to highlight on more than a single page of your résumé, then go all out. But if you can tell the same story in less space? Do.
- You may want to use a distinctive font or typeface for your name, your résumé headers, and the organisations you’ve worked for, but keep it straight forward and make it consistent.
Need more pointers on making your résumé stand out? Use our guide: How to write a résumé.