Do you know that up to 80% of resumes are discarded by recruiters after only 10 seconds? It’s not very encouraging, isn’t it? So how can you stand out from other applicants? Think about design and pay attention to details. Creating your resume, you can choose from all kinds of CV templates available online or make your own simple template.
1. Keep it simple
A typical resume should be one page long for an applicant relatively new to the job market or two pages maximum for people with more professional experience. Don’t forget about margins on all sides, ideally 2,5 cm, but no less than 1,5 cm. Follow the basic format rules applicable in different countries. For example, in the US and Canada, the standard size sheet of paper is the letter format (8,5 x 11 inches), and in other countries, A4 is the standard format.
2. Organize your resume sections
Organize your cv into separate logical sections with appropriate headings. Use bullet point lists – they are readable and great for emphasizing your most important qualifications. Make sure all the sections and lists stay properly adjusted when recruiters open your CV on their computer. For this purpose, you should save your CV as a pdf document.
3. Choose your font
The font should be easily readable and not too eccentric. The safest options are Times New Roman, Ariel, or Calibri. Have you already chosen your favourite font? Great! So let’s talk about the font size. Format 24-12-10 will be a great choice. Using this standard, your should write your name in 24 point, headings – in 12 point and bullet point list – in 10 point. Apart from your name written at the top in the center, everything else should be aligned to the left. Stay consistent in style. Use the same font, sizing principles, and bullet points throughout.
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5. Choose a format
There are three basic cv formats you can choose from reverse-chronological, functional, and combination. Reverse-chronological is quite traditional, but perfect for people at the beginning or early stages of their career. This format lets you emphasize your upward career mobility, starting with your most recent position. Don’t use it, however, if you have gaps in your employment, or if you have changed jobs very often. A functional resume is the best option if you want to show your particular abilities instead of professional experience. The point behind the combination resu