All set to customise your ‘neatly written’ résumé template? Here are our very top tips to get you up and running:
- Keep a résumé master list on your computer where you store any information you’ve ever incorporated on a résumé: past roles, pieces adapted for different applications, special projects that just sometimes make sense to use. Then, as you’re crafting each résumé, it’s simply about cutting and pasting appropriate information.
- See your résumé not as a complete list of your career history, but as a marketing item selling you as the right person for the role. For every résumé you submit, you’ll need to emphasize only the accomplishments and capabilities that are most relevant to the role (no matter if that will mean you don’t include every bit of your experience).
- There are lots of distinctive forms of résumés, but the trusty reverse chronological (in which your latest experience is listed first) is still your best bet. While you could use skills-based résumés in specific circumstances, some hiring managers will wonder what you are concealing.
- Be sure that your greatest experiences and successes are seen on the top third of the résumé. This top portion is what the hiring manager is likely to notice first—and what will serve as bait for someone to continue on reading through.
- For most job roles, use a basic but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial or Lucida Console. Make your résumé is easy to read for recruiters by using a font size somewhere between 10 and 12.
- Think long and hard before working with a two-page résumé. If you have enough relevant experience, training, and certification pertaining to the job to present on more than one page of your résumé, then do it. But if you can convey the same information in significantly less space? Do.
- You can use a distinctive font or typeface for your name, your résumé headings, and the places you have worked at, but ensure that it stays straight forward and make it consistent.
Need even more help on making your résumé shine? Try our guide: How to write a résumé.