How to tailor your Purple Flair curriculum vitae or résumé template
There is no single “right” way to create and finalise a resume but the following basic tips always need to be followed:
1. Your CV is focused for the exact job or career area you are aiming for and hones in on the most important skills you possess.
2. It is meticulously and clearly laid out, logically ordered, legible and not cramped.
3. It is insightful but succinct.
4. It is free from grammar and spelling mistakes. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, be sure your grammar and spelling is perfect.
In addition to these ‘musts’, here are our top tips for personalising this template:
1. Keep adjusting
If your curriculum vitae is written backwards on vibrant pink paper and it gets you regular interviews, why think about altering it? The bottom line is that if it’s generating results, don’t be too eager to interfere with a winning formula. By contrast, if it’s not getting you results, ask people to look it over and offer their thoughts. That said, if you make use of the template on this page as a starting point, you are unlikely to get it wrong.
2. Use relevant keywords
If you’ve uploaded your CV to a job web site so employers can find you, keywords are particularly important. Job titles plus job keywords will help search engines pick you out from the pile. To get inspiration for keywords, have a search on Google and see which words are commonly used when you input your job title.
3. Keep it real!
Typically a CV should be no more than two pages – and by that we mean two pages of A4 sized sheets of paper. Employers invest, on average, only 8 seconds browsing through any one curriculum vitae, and a quick way of landing yourself on the no pile is to give them your entire life story. Always keep it punchy, concise, and reserve the detail for your interview.
4. Jazz it up
Image is everything right now, and it’s just as true for your CV. Devote some time to improving how the CV looks, as well as the content. Make use of bullet points to help organise your information, and keep sentences punchy. Use the graphic design trick of leaving plenty of white space around your text and around sections to make the CV easy to digest.
5. Tailor it
We’ve all done it. Sending the same CV to lots of employers to save your time. Blanket messages deliver limited results so never fall into this trap – take the time to adjust your curriculum vitae for every single role that you send an application for. Research the company and use the job posting to work out precisely exactly what skills you should highlight to them. They will appreciate the patent effort.
6. Sell the details
Supporting your successes with numbers makes selling yourself considerably simpler. When writing your work history, don’t just mention that you increased sales – tell them you raised sales by 60% over a eight month period. Be precise.
7. Write a personal statement
Don’t just believe an recruiter will understand how your experience relates to their job. Instead, make use of a brief personal statement to clarify why you are the perfect person for the position. This should be indicated in your cover letter too.
8. Don’t lie
Blatant lies on your curriculum vitae can land you in a ton of trouble when it comes to employers verifying your background and references. The very last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new position for not being totally honest. Also, you might get found out at the interview when you all of a sudden struggle to respond to questions on what you claim to know. It’s not worth the trouble – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving noticeable gaps on your CV instantly makes employers doubtful – and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you have been out of work it can be a concern but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a qualification, do some volunteering or cultivate soft skills like communication or teamwork? In this case, make it evident. Don’t suppose you’ll get the chance to explain at the interview – as the gaps could deter them from giving you a chance.
10. Correct your errors
Recruiters do scour for blunders on curriculum vitae and if they should find them, it makes you look really bad. With most employers encountering enormous quantities of applicants these days, giving them an excuse to dismiss your application due to avoidable blunders is not going to assist you to land an interview. Even if you believe that your spelling and grammar is perfect, make use of a spellchecker and ask another person to double check what you have written – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Always keep fresh
You should maintain your CV up-to-date whether you’re looking for a job or not. Each time something important occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that could be important.