How to tailor your Modern Centred Arial curriculum vitae or resume template
There is no one “correct” way to put together and finalise your résumé but the following general tips always apply:
1. It should be targeted to the specific role or industry you are aiming for and hones in on the most important skills you possess.
2. It is carefully and neatly laid out, in a logical order, easy to read and not crowded.
3. It is thorough but succinct.
4. It is devoid of any grammar and spelling flaws. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, be sure your grammar and spelling is perfect.
In addition to these ‘musts’, these are our top strategies for customising this template:
1. Keep adjusting
If your CV is written the wrong way round on fluorescent yellow paper and it gets you regular interviews, why consider altering it? The bottom line is that if it is generating results, don’t be too eager to interfere with what works. On the other hand, if it’s not working, ask people you know to look at it and suggest changes. Having said this, if you use the template above as your starting point, you are unlikely to get it wrong.
2. Make it keyword friendly
If you have uploaded your curriculum vitae to a job website so employers can find you, keywords are especially essential. Job titles plus job keywords will help a search engine lift your CV to the top. To get ideas for keywords, have a search online and see which words are frequently mentioned when you put in your job title.
3. Keep it real!
Commonly a curriculum vitae ought to be no more than two pages – and that is two pages of A4 paper. Employers spend, on average, only eight seconds browsing through each curriculum vitae, and a surefire way of landing yourself on the rejected pile is to give them your whole life story. Keep it punchy, to the point, and reserve the detail for the interview.
4. Make it look good
Image is everything nowadays, and that also goes for your curriculum vitae. Take some time to refining how the CV looks, as well as the content. Make use of bullet points where it makes sense to do so, and keep sentences short. Use the graphic design technique of allowing enough of white space surrounding your text and in between sections to make the CV easy to digest.
5. Customise it
It’s a pretty common trick. Posting or emailing the exact same CV to a bunch of employers to save your time. Blanket messages deliver small results so never fall into this trap – take the time to adjust your CV for every single position that you send an application for. Study the corporation and use the job ad to work out specifically exactly what skills you should mention to them. They will welcome the patent effort.
6. Sell the numbers
Supporting your successes with numbers makes selling yourself much simpler. When putting together your work history, don’t just claim that you boosted sales – tell them you boosted sales by sixty percent over a eight month period. Be precise.
7. Put together your objectives
Don’t just think an employer will understand how your experience links to their position. Instead, make use of a short personal statement to clarify why you’re the perfect person for the position. This should be reflected in your cover letter as well.
8. Be honest
Outright lies on your CV can land you in a heap of trouble when it comes to employers verifying your references and background. The very last thing you want is to begin work and then lose your new job for resorting to lies. In addition, you may get caught out during the interview when you all of a sudden can’t answer questions on things you claim to know. It’s never worth the trouble – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps unexplained
Leaving noticeable gaps on your CV immediately makes recruiters wary – and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of the job market it can be a concern but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a qualification, do some volunteering or develop soft skills eg communication or teamwork? In this case, make it evident. Never presume you’ll get the chance to clarify at the interview – as the gaps could deter them from giving you a chance.
10. Clean up your mistakes
Recruiters do scour for blunders on curriculum vitae and if they spot them, it makes you look bad. With many employers having enormous amounts of applicants these days, providing them with the excuse to write off your application because of avoidable grammar errors and typos is definitely not going to help you secure an interview. Even if you think your spelling and grammar is awesome, make use of a spelling check and ask another person to double check what you’ve written – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Keep up to date
You should keep your curriculum vitae up-to-the-minute whether you’re looking for a new role or not. Each time something important occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that might be important.