How to tailor your ‘Typeface’ CV or résumé template
There is no one correct way to put together and present a résumé but the following universal tips always need to be followed:
1. Your CV is targetted to the specific job or industry for which you are applying and highlights the most significant skills you have.
2. It is carefully and clearly set out, in a logical order, easy to read and not cramped.
3. It is thorough but succinct.
4. It is free from grammar and spelling flaws. If you mention attention to detail as a skill, make sure your spelling and grammar is awesome.
In addition to these ‘musts’, here are our top strategies for customising this template:
1. Always adjust
If your CV is written backwards on fluorescent pink paper and it gets you regular interviews, why think about modifying it? At the end of the day if it’s getting results, don’t be too eager to interfere with a winning formula. On the other hand, if it’s not getting you results, ask people to look it over and suggest changes. That said, if you go with the template on this page as a starting point, you’re unlikely to get it wrong.
2. Use keywords
If you have uploaded your CV to a job web site so employers can find you, keywords are very important. Job titles together with job keywords will help the search engines lift your CV to the top. To get ideas for keywords, have a search on the Internet and see which words are frequently used when you input your job title.
3. Get to the point
Commonly a CV should be no longer than two pages – and by that we mean a couple of pages of A4 sized paper. Employers devote, on average, only a few seconds looking at any one curriculum vitae, and a reliable way of landing yourself on the rejected pile is to give them your whole life history. Maintain it punchy, relevant, and reserve the detail for your interview.
4. Add some spice
Image is everything right now, and that also goes for your CV. Devote some time to refining how the curriculum vitae looks, in addition to your content. Make use of bullet points to help organise your information, and keep sentences short. Make use of the graphic design trick of allowing lots of white space around your text and between sections to make the layout easy to read.
5. Tailor it
It’s a pretty common trick. Sending the exact same curriculum vitae to a bunch of employers to save your time. Across-the-board messages provide modest results so don’t fall into this trap – take the time to adjust your curriculum vitae for every single job that you send an application for. Study the business and use the job advert to work out specifically just what skills you should highlight to them. They will welcome the patent effort.
6. Sell the numbers
Backing up your successes with numbers makes selling yourself significantly easier. When writing your work history, don’t just say that you boosted sales – tell them you raised sales by 40% over a eight month period. Be precise.
7. Write your objectives
Never just assume an employer will see how your experience pertains to their job. Instead, make use of a short personal statement to clarify why you’re the best person for the job. This should be reflected in your cover letter as well.
8. Tell the truth
Blatant lies on your curriculum vitae can get you in a heap of trouble when it comes to employers verifying your background and references. The last thing you want is to start work and then lose your new position for not being totally honest. Furthermore, you might get caught out at the interview when you suddenly struggle to answer questions on what you have claimed to know. It’s never worth the trouble – don’t do it!
9. Never leave gaps unexplained
Leaving obvious gaps on your CV instantly makes employers suspicious – and they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of work it can be a worry but just turn it into something positive. Did you study for a qualification, do some volunteer work or build up soft skills eg communication or teamwork? In this case, make it clear. Don’t assume you will get the chance to clarify at the interview – as the gaps might deter them from giving you a chance.
10. Clean up your errors
Recruiters do look for blunders on curriculum vitae and if they spot them, it makes you appear careless. With many recruiters dealing with significant volumes of prospects these days, providing them the excuse to write off your application because of avoidable flaws is definitely not going to enable you to secure an interview. Even if you believe that your spelling and grammar is perfect, use a spellchecker and ask another person to double check what you’ve prepared – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Always keep up-to-date
You should keep your curriculum vitae up to date whether you are looking for a new role or not. Every time something important happens in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that may be relevant.