All set to personalise this soft blue résumé template? Here are our top tips to get you going:
- Hold a résumé master list on your computer where you retain any information you have ever covered on a résumé: past roles, components customized for various applications, special initiatives that just in some cases make sense to incorporate. Then, when you’re creating each résumé, it’s simply about cutting and pasting useful info.
- See your résumé not as a extensive record of your professional history, but as a promotional document pitching you as the most desirable candidate for the position. For each résumé you send out, you will need to spotlight only the accomplishments and abilities that are most pertinent to the role (regardless if that means you leave out some of your experience).
- There are loads of distinctive forms of résumés, but the traditional reverse chronological (where your latest experience appears first) remains your best bet. While you can certainly choose skills-based résumés in specific situations, some would-be employers will think about what you’re hiding.
- Be sure your best experiences and successes are seen on the top third of the résumé. That top area is what the hiring manager is likely to view first—and what will serve as a hook for a person to keep on reading.
- For the majority of job roles, choose a plain but contemporary font, like Helvetica, Arial or Century Gothic. Make your résumé is readable for hiring managers by using a font size anywhere between 10 and 12.
- Think carefully before using a two-page résumé. If you have plenty of suitable experience, training, and credentials relevant to the role to present on more than a single page of your résumé, then go all out. But if you can paint the same picture in significantly less space? Do.
- You can go with a separate font or typeface for your name, your résumé headings, and the places you have worked at, but make it straight forward and make certain it’s consistent.
Want even more help on making your résumé get noticed? Use our guide: How to write a résumé.