How to personalise your ‘Typeface’ CV or resume template
There is no single ideal way to create and present your curriculum vitae but the following general tips always need to be followed:
1. Your CV is focused to the specific role or industry for which you are applying and highlights the most important skills you have to offer.
2. It is meticulously and clearly laid out, in a logical order, easy to read and not cramped.
3. It is enlightening but concise.
4. It is free from spelling and grammar flaws. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, be sure your spelling and grammar is excellent.
In addition to these ‘musts’, here are our best strategies for personalising this template:
1. Always adjust
If your curriculum vitae is written the wrong way round on fluorescent yellow paper and it lands you regular interviews, why think about altering it? The bottom line is that if it is producing results, don’t be too quick to meddle with what works. By contrast, if it’s not getting you results, ask people to look it over and suggest changes. That said, if you make use of the template on this page as a starting point, you shouldn’t go far wrong.
2. Use keywords
If you have uploaded your CV to a job website so employers can find you, keywords are especially significant. Job titles and job keywords will help a search engine lift your CV to the top. To find ideas for keywords, have a search on the Internet and see what words are commonly used when you input your job title.
3. Get to the point
Typically a curriculum vitae will be no longer than two pages – and that is two pages of A4 sheets of paper. Employers invest, on average, just 8 seconds looking at a particular curriculum vitae, and a surefire way of landing your application on the rejected pile is to give them your entire life story. Maintain your CV punchy, to the point, and save the detail for your interview.
4. Jazz it up
Image is everything right now, and that also goes for your curriculum vitae. Make the effort to refining how the CV looks, as well as your content. Use bullet points to help organise your information, and keep sentences punchy. Make use of the graphic design trick of allowing plenty of white space surrounding your text and in between categories to make the CV easy to digest.
5. Personalise it
We’ve all done it. Posting or emailing the exact same CV to a bunch of employers to save time. Across-the-board messages provide limited results so don’t fall into this trap – make an effort to modify your CV for each and every position that you go for. Research the business and use the job advertisement to work out specifically which skills you should highlight to them. They will recognise the patent effort.
6. Sell the facts
Backing up your accomplishments with numbers makes selling yourself substantially easier. When crafting your work history, don’t just mention that you increased sales – tell them you raised sales by sixty percent over a seven month period. Be specific.
7. Write an objective
Never just think an recruiter will understand how your experience applies to their position. Instead, use a brief personal statement to explain why you’re the best person for the position. This should be mirrored in your cover letter as well.
8. Don’t lie
Blatant lies on your CV can land you in a ton of trouble when it comes to employers verifying your background and references. The last thing you need is to begin work and then lose your new job for lying. Also, you may get found out during the interview when you suddenly struggle to answer questions on things you claim to know. It’s not worth the stress – don’t do it!
9. Don’t leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving obvious gaps on your CV instantly makes employers doubtful – and they will not give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of employment it can be a concern but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a course, do some volunteer work or build up soft skills for example communication or teamwork? In this case, make it very clear. Don’t presume you will get the opportunity to explain at the interview – as the gaps might deter them from giving you a chance.
10. Clean up your mistakes
Recruiters do look for blunders on CV and if they find them, it makes you look really bad. With most recruiters experiencing substantial quantities of candidates right now, giving them the excuse to disregard your application due to preventable typos and grammar errors is not going to help you secure an interview. Even if you believe that your grammar and spelling is perfect, use a spelling check and ask someone else to double-check what you’ve prepared – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Maintain up to date
You should maintain your CV fresh 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 relevant.