Prepared to customise our ‘Narrow Lilac’ CV/résumé template? Here are our very top tips to get you started:
- Hold a résumé master list on your laptop where you retain any content you’ve ever covered on a résumé: old roles, pieces modified for different applications, specific projects that only at times make sense to include. Then, when you’re writing each résumé, it is simply a matter of cutting and pasting suitable details.
- Regard your résumé not as a in depth record of your professional background, but as a promotional document selling you as the most appropriate person for the position. For every résumé you send out, you will want to emphasize only the achievements and skills that are most significant to the role (no matter if that requires you don’t include all of your experience).
- There are lots of different forms of résumés, but the trusty reverse chronological (in which your newest experience is listed first) remains your best option. While you could make use of skills-based résumés in particular instances, some recruiters will wonder what you are concealing.
- Make sure your very best experiences and successes are seen on the top third of your résumé. That top part is just what the prospective employer is likely to see first—and what will suffice as bait for people to continue on reading through.
- For most positions, use a plain but modern-day font, like Helvetica, Arial or Century Gothic. Ensure your résumé is easy to read for employment managers by making use of a font size anywhere between 10 and 12.
- Think long and hard before using a two-page résumé. If you have adequate relevant experience, training, and certification relevant to the job to highlight on more than one page of your résumé, then go for it. But if you can paint the same picture in a lot less space? Then do that instead.
- You might utilize a different font or typeface for your name, your résumé headings, and the organisations you have worked at, but make it straightforward and make it consistent.
Need even more guidance on making your résumé stand out? Try our guide: How to write a résumé.