How to personalise your Tahoma Simple CV or résumé template
There is no single “right” way to write and present your résumé but these basic rules always apply:
1. Your CV should be targetted for the specific role or career area for which you are applying and showcases the most significant skills you have.
2. It is carefully and neatly laid out, in a logical order, legible and not crowded.
3. It is detailed but concise.
4. It is free from grammar, spelling or punctuation flaws. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, make sure your spelling and grammar is excellent.
As well as to these ‘musts’, these are our top strategies for customising this template:
1. Always adjust
If your CV is written backwards on luminescent yellow paper and it gets you regular interviews, why consider altering it? At the end of the day if it is getting results, don’t be too eager to meddle with what works. Conversely, if it’s not working, ask people to look it over and suggest changes. Having said this, if you make use of the template above as a starting point, you shouldn’t get it wrong.
2. Use keywords
If you have uploaded your CV to a job site so employers can find you, keywords are extremely important. Job titles together with job keywords will help search engines pick you out from the pile. To get ideas for keywords, carry out a search online and see what words are frequently mentioned when you input your job title.
3. Get to the point
Typically a curriculum vitae should be no more than two pages – and by that we mean two pages of A4 sized paper. Employers invest, on average, just 8 seconds looking at a particular CV, and a guaranteed way of landing yourself on the no pile is to send them your whole life history. Always keep your CV punchy, to the point, and reserve the detail for the interview.
4. Make it look good
Image is everything in recent times, and that also goes for your CV. Devote some time to perfecting how the CV looks, as well as your content. Use bullet points to keep things well organised, and always keep sentences punchy. Use the graphic design technique of allowing enough of white space around your text and between categories to make the page layout easy to read.
5. Personalise it
It’s a pretty common trick. Posting or emailing the same CV to a bunch of employers to save time. Blanket messages bring small results so never fall into this trap – put in the time to adjust your CV for every single role that you send an application for. Study the company and use the job ad to work out specifically which skills you should point out to them. They will welcome the patent effort.
6. Sell the details
Supporting your successes with numbers makes selling yourself a lot simpler. When writing your work history, don’t just mention that you increased sales – inform them you boosted sales by sixty percent over a seven month period. Be specific.
7. Put together your objectives
Never just assume an employer will know how your experience pertains to their role. Instead, make use of a short personal statement to make clear why you are the ideal person for the position. This should be indicated in your cover letter as well.
8. Tell the truth
Outright lies on your curriculum vitae can get you in a ton of trouble when it comes to employers checking out your references and background. The last thing you need is to begin work and then lose your new position for resorting to lies. In addition, you may get caught out during the interview stage when you suddenly can’t answer questions on what you claim to know. It’s never worth the stress – don’t do it!
9. Never leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving noticeable gaps on your curriculum vitae immediately makes employers suspicious – and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of the job market it can be a concern but just put a positive spin on it. Did you study for a course, do some volunteer work or cultivate soft skills such as communication or teamwork? In this case, make it evident. Never assume you will get the chance to clarify at the interview – as the gaps could possibly deter them from giving you a chance.
10. Clean up your mistakes
Employers do scour for errors on curriculum vitae and if they should spot them, it makes you appear sloppy. With many employers encountering enormous volumes of candidates these days, providing them the excuse to disregard your application as a consequence of preventable grammar errors and typos is definitely not going to assist you to land an interview. Even if you believe your spelling and grammar is excellent, use a spellchecker and ask someone else to double check what you have written – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Maintain updated
You should always keep your CV current whether you are looking for a new role or not. Each time something significant occurs in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that may be worthwhile.