Sections included in this template: (NB: these are easily expanded, edited or deleted)
- WORK EXPERIENCE
How to get the best from your Garamond CV or résumé template
There is no single correct way to put together and present a CV but the following basic rules always need to be followed:
1. It is targetted on the specific job or industry you are aiming for and highlights the most relevant skills you have.
2. It is meticulously and neatly laid out, logically ordered, legible and not crowded.
3. It is thorough but concise.
4. It is without grammar, spelling or punctuation flaws. If you note attention to detail as a skill, be sure your grammar and spelling is excellent.
As well as to these ‘musts’, here are our top tips for personalising this template:
1. Keep evolving
If your curriculum vitae is put together the wrong way round on fluorescent green paper and it lands you regular interviews, why consider modifying it? At the end of the day if it is generating results, don’t be too eager to meddle with a winning formula. By contrast, if it’s not getting you results, ask people you know to look it over and offer their thoughts. Having said this, if you go with the template on this page as your starting point, you shouldn’t get it wrong.
2. Incorporate keywords
If you have uploaded your curriculum vitae to a job web site so employers can find you, keywords are especially essential. Job titles together with job keywords will help the search engines pick you out from the pile. To get inspiration for keywords, carry out a search on the web and see which words are frequently mentioned when you put in your target role.
3. Keep it real!
Normally a curriculum vitae ought to be no more than two pages – and that is two pages of A4 sheets of paper. Employers take, typically, just eight seconds looking at any one CV, and a surefire way of landing your application on the rejected pile is to give them your whole life history. Maintain your CV punchy, concise, and save the detail for the interview.
4. Add some spice
Image is everything nowadays, and that also goes for your CV. Make an effort to perfecting how the curriculum vitae looks, in addition to your content. Make use of bullet points where it makes sense to do so, and always keep sentences punchy. Make use of the graphic design trick of allowing enough of white space surrounding your text and around sections to make the CV easy to read.
5. Personalise it
It’s a pretty common trick. Sending the same curriculum vitae to a bunch of employers to save time. Blanket messages offer small results so never fall into this trap – put in the time to modify your CV for each position that you apply for. Study the business and use the job posting to figure out exactly exactly what skills you should point out to them. They will recognise the patent effort.
6. Sell the numbers
Supporting your positive results with numbers makes selling yourself significantly simpler. When putting together your work history, don’t just say that you boosted sales – inform them you boosted sales by 60% over a four month period. Be specific.
7. Put together a personal statement
Never just assume an employer will see how your experience applies to their position. Instead, incorporate a short personal statement to clarify why you are the best person for the role. This should be indicated in your cover letter too.
8. Be honest
Outright lies on your CV can get you in a heap of trouble when it comes to employers checking out your references and background. The last thing you want is to begin work and then lose your new job for lying. Furthermore, you might get caught out at the interview stage when you suddenly can’t answer questions on things you claim to know. It’s never worth the stress – don’t do it!
9. Never leave gaps without an explanation
Leaving obvious gaps on your curriculum vitae immediately makes recruiters doubtful – and they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt. If you’ve been out of work it can be a concern but just put a positive spin on it. Did you study for a qualification, do some volunteering or develop soft skills eg communication or teamwork? If so, make it very clear. Never presume you will get the opportunity to clarify at the interview – as the gaps might deter them from giving you a chance.
10. Clean up your errors
Employers do scour for errors on curriculum vitae and if they should spot them, it makes you appear sloppy. With many recruiters dealing with massive volumes of candidates right now, giving them the excuse to dismiss your application due to avoidable typos and grammar errors is not going to assist you to secure an interview. Even if you believe your spelling and grammar is awesome, use a spellchecker and ask another person to double check what you’ve prepared – the ‘sanity check’.
11. Keep up to date
You should always keep your curriculum vitae updated whether you’re looking for a job or not. Every time something important happens in your career, record it so you don’t later forget something that may be important.