Prepared to customise our ‘Simple Sage’ CV/résumé template? Here are our best tips to get you going:
- Maintain a résumé master list on your laptop where you store any information you have ever covered on a résumé: previous roles, sections customized for various applications, special initiatives that just at times make sense to include. Then, when you’re creating each résumé, it is really a matter of cutting and pasting applicable details.
- Think about your résumé not as a all-inclusive list of your career history, but as a promotional item pitching you as the most desirable prospect for the position. For each résumé you submit, you’ll need to feature only the accomplishments and attributes that are most significant to the position (even if that will mean you don’t include every bit of your experience).
- You’ll find dozens of distinctive types of résumés, but the good old reverse chronological (where your newest experience appears first) continues to be your best choice. While you can use skills-focused résumés in specific situations, some hiring managers will consider what you’re covering up.
- See to it that your very best experiences and accomplishments are obvious on the top third of the résumé. The top area is what the employment manager is likely to read first—and what will serve as a hook for people to continue on browsing.
- For most job roles, choose a basic but modern-day font, like Helvetica, Arial or Lucida Console. Make your résumé is easily readable for employment managers by using a font size anywhere between 10 and 12.
- Think carefully before using a two-page résumé. If you have more than enough suitable experience, education, and credentials relating to the role to show off on more than a single page of your résumé, then do it. But if you can convey the same information in a lot less space? Then do that.
- You can utilize a separate font or typeface for your name, your résumé headings, and the organisations you have worked for, but ensure that it stays straightforward and keep it consistent.
Need even more advice on making your résumé get noticed? Try our guide: How to write a résumé.