Ready to customise our ‘written headers’ résumé/CV template? Here are our top tips to get you going:
- Hold a résumé master list on your laptop where you retain any data you’ve ever included on a résumé: old roles, pieces tailored for different applications, special initiatives that just in some cases make sense to incorporate. Then, as you are developing each résumé, it is really about cutting and pasting relevant details.
- Consider your résumé not as a all-inclusive list of your employment background, but as a promotional item trying to sell you as the right person for the position. For each résumé you prepare, you will need to showcase only the results and abilities that are most significant to the position (regardless if that means you leave out a bit of your experience).
- You’ll find heaps of distinctive kinds of résumés, but the good old reverse chronological (where your current experience is listed first) continues to be your best option. While you may well use skills-focused résumés in certain circumstances, some employment managers will wonder what it is that you’re concealing.
- Ensure that your very best experiences and successes are visible on the top third of your résumé. This top section is just what the employment manager is likely to see first—and what will suffice as bait for a person to continue on browsing.
- For most positions, choose a simple but modern font, like Helvetica, Arial or Lucida Console. Ensure your résumé is easily readable for prospective employers by choosing a font size between 10 and 12.
- Think long and hard before using a two-page résumé. If you have more than enough relevant experience, training, and credentials related to the role to show off on more than one page of your résumé, then go all out. But if you can tell the same story in far less space? Then do that instead.
- You might apply a distinctive font or typeface for your name, your résumé headings, and the places you have worked at, but keep it simple and keep it consistent.
Want even more tips on making your résumé shine? Use our guide: How to write a résumé.