Most probably you have read a lot of tips and tricks on how to write the job-winning resume; also, there are different opinions even on what title to choose for it – should it be a resume, a CV, or even a career autobiography. The name itself is not of critical importance.
What are the highlights of preparing an eye-catching resume:
Advice #1 – The Format. Make your resume “user-friendly”. In most cases there will be people to read your resume (sometimes it is a software searching for key words; anyway, at some point in the selection process a person will have to read it), ease their job and make it readable, otherwise it is highly possible that your CV ends up in the “recycle bin”. You may search for some templates online or create one of your own (and if it is a good one, it will be a plus because of its uniqueness).In any case, just stick to the following when choosing:
- The font – it should be readable; some of the most commonly used fonts such as “Arial”, “Times New Roman”, “Verdana”, “Tahoma” make a good choice. It is highly recommended that you avoid using the following fonts “Edwardian Script ITC”, “Freestyle Script”, “Old English Text MT”, and the other beautiful and original looking fonts, which may turn your resume in way too much beautiful and original, but hardly readable piece of art. Also, remember not to mix up fonts.
- The font size –12 to14 point size is a good option. You may use a bigger font size to highlight leading parts of your resume, but still, it is advisable not to mix up too many font sizes.
- Bold, Italic, Underline – it is a plus when you use these formatting buttons wisely, just to highlight a leading part of your resume, a key word or phrase. If you use them too often and in a combination (for example the three of them at once), it will have the negative effect because it won’t be clear which you consider important and which not.
- Colors – using colors is a benefit when you use just one or two colors aside from the main one (which should be visible enough) to highlight important parts of your resume. Also, when using colors, try to use matching ones. If you use too many colors, your resume might turn into a “Picasso painting”.
- Background – stick to white background or another light one and a dark color for the font; avoid dark or electric colors for the background.
- Line spacing – the most suitable line spacing to be used 1.5 lines; it makes the text visible and readable enough.
Advice #2 – The Picture. Add a photo of yourself, only if you have a suitable one. Suitable means a business one. A business photo on which you are dressed up smartly and look friendly is the best combination. Photos that show how beautiful you are, your sister, your cat, your meal or reveal way too much of you are highly inappropriate. If you don’t have a suitable photo, just skip it – no impression is better than a bad impression.
Advice #3 – The Style. Write in a concise manner. Do not use too much metaphors and clichés. Remember that you are writing a resume, not a novel. Also, mandatory – check for spelling and grammar mistakes.
Advice #4 – The Content. Add a short intro about yourself (e.g. your top character traits; key achievements; in what area you would like to develop, etc.); highlight the milestones in your professional growth, education, extracurricular activities; list your achievements (especially those related to the position you are applying for); mention additional key advantages that you might have – foreign languages, specific courses, awards, etc.; mention some of your hobbies (list your real hobbies, not those that might sound “classy” because you might be asked about them).
Advice #5 – The Message. Be sure that you are sending a clear message with your resume and it says “I’m the right candidate for the position!”