Eager to customise our ‘Neat Orange’ résumé template? Here are our top tips to help you get started:
- Hold a résumé master list on your laptop where you retain any content you’ve ever added on a résumé: old roles, sections tailored for different applications, specific endeavours that only sometimes seem sensible to include. Then, as you’re writing each résumé, it’s simply a matter of cutting and pasting pertinent information.
- Think about your résumé not as a complete record of your career background, but as a marketing document selling you as the perfect prospect for the position. For each résumé you send out, you will want to play up only the successes and capabilities that are most pertinent to the job (regardless if that would mean you leave off all of your experience).
- There are heaps of distinctive kinds of résumés, but the good old reverse chronological (where your most recent experience is listed first) still is your best bet. While you can certainly use skills-based résumés in specific circumstances, some would-be employers will wonder what you’re hiding.
- Make sure your finest experiences and achievements are seen on the top third of the résumé. The top section is just what the recruiter is going to see first—and what will suffice as bait for people to keep on reading through.
- For most positions, utilize a basic but contemporary font, like Helvetica, Arial or Century Gothic. Ensure your résumé is easily readable for hiring managers by employing a font size anywhere between 10 and 12.
- Think very carefully before making use of a two-page résumé. If you have sufficient suitable experience, training, and certification relating to the role to show off on more than one page of your résumé, then go for it. But if you can paint the same picture in far less space? Then do that instead.
- You might utilize a distinctive font or typeface for your name, your résumé headings, and the places you’ve worked for, but keep it straight forward and make it constant.
Need even more pointers on making your résumé get noticed? Try our guide: How to write a résumé.