How to best customise your medical technologist CV or resume template
There is no one “right” way to put together and finalise your curriculum vitae but the following general rules always need to be followed:
1. Your CV is targetted for the specific role or industry for which you are applying and showcases the most significant skills you have.
2. It is carefully and clearly set out, in the order your recruiter will expect, easy to read and not cramped.
3. It is detailed but concise.
4. It is free from spelling and grammar mistakes. If you note attention to detail as a skill, make sure your grammar and spelling is awesome.
As well as to these ‘musts’, these are our best tips for personalising this template:
1. Keep adjusting
If your curriculum vitae is written backwards on vibrant pink paper and it lands you regular interviews, why consider changing it? At the end of the day if it is generating results, don’t be too quick to interfere with what works. By contrast, if it’s not working, ask people you know to look at it and suggest changes. Having said this, if you make use of the template above as your starting point, you are unlikely to get it wrong.
2. Make use of keywords
If you have uploaded your CV to a job site so employers can find you, keywords are especially significant. Job titles along with job keywords can help search engines lift your CV to the top. To find ideas for keywords, carry out a search on the web and see which words are frequently used when you input your job title.
3. Short and sweet
Usually a CV ought to be no more than two pages – and by that we mean a couple of pages of A4 sized sheets. Employers take, typically, only a few seconds browsing through each CV, and a surefire way of landing your application on the rejected pile is to send them your whole life history. Keep it punchy, to the point, and reserve the detail for the interview.
4. Jazz it up
Image is everything nowadays, and it’s just as true for your curriculum vitae. Devote some time to improving how the curriculum vitae looks, as well as the content. Make use of bullet points to keep things well organised, and keep sentences punchy. Make use of the graphic design trick of allowing enough of white space surrounding your text and between categories to make the CV easy to digest.
5. Tailor it
It’s a pretty common trick. Sending the exact same curriculum vitae to lots of employers to save your time. Blanket messages give small results so don’t fall into this trap – make time to modify your curriculum vitae for every single role that you apply for. Research the company and use the job advert to figure out precisely just what skills you should mention to them. They will value the obvious effort.
6. Sell your maths
Supporting your positive results with numbers makes selling yourself much easier. When writing your work history, don’t just claim that you increased sales – tell them you increased sales by sixty percent over a six month period. Be precise.
7. Write a personal statement
Don’t just assume an recruiter will see how your experience links to their role. Instead, make use of a brief personal statement to make clear why you are the perfect person for the job. This should be mirrored in your cover letter too.
8. Don’t lie
Blatant lies on your curriculum vitae can get you in a ton of trouble when it comes to employers verifying your references and background. The last thing you need is to start work and then lose your new position for resorting to lies. In addition, you could get found out during the interview when you all of a sudden can’t answer questions on what you claim to know. It’s not worth the stress – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving noticeable gaps on your CV instantly makes employers suspicious – and they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of employment it can be a concern but just put a positive spin on it. Did you study for a course, do some volunteer work or build up soft skills eg communication or teamwork? If that’s the case, make it obvious. Don’t assume you’ll get the opportunity to clarify at the interview – as the gaps may put them off giving you a chance.
10. Correct your errors
Employers do look for mistakes on CV and if they should spot them, it makes you appear to be really bad. With most employers dealing with substantial volumes of candidates right now, providing them with an excuse to throw out your application on account of preventable grammar errors and typos is not going to help you land an interview. Even if you think your spelling and grammar is awesome, use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double check what you’ve prepared – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Always keep up-to-date
You should maintain your curriculum vitae up to date whether you are looking for a job or not. Each time something important occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that might be important.