Here’s how to customise your ‘Headliner’ CV/résumé template
Customising our free CV or résumé templates are exactly what we’re about. We understand how important it is for a job seeker to tweak and edit anything they wish to suit their needs.
Here are a few tips to help you customise the ‘Headliner’ template…
Keep accurate records
Keep a résumé master list on your computer. Track and record any details you’ve ever covered on a résumé: old roles, parts tailored for various applications, unique initiatives that only at times make sense to include. Then, as you are writing each résumé, it is simply a matter of cutting and pasting applicable details.
Make it relevant
Think about your résumé not as an extensive record of your employment history, but as a promotional item trying to sell you as the ideal applicant for the job. For each and every résumé you submit, you’ll need to emphasize only the achievements and abilities that are most significant to the position. This is regardless if that will mean you don’t include every bit of your experience.
The employer does not have time reading through your entire career history, and is only interested in what’s important to them. Even your work history should be chopped down to only focus upon relevant skills.
Did you know that you can easily make irrelevant work experience relevant to any role? Here’s a guide to making unrelated experience look relevant on your résumé.
Use reverse chronological
You’ll find heaps of distinctive kinds of résumés. But the traditional reverse chronological (in which your most recent experience appears first) still is your best choice. While you can choose skills-based résumés in specific situations, some would-be employers will wonder what you’re concealing.
Save your best for the start
Be sure that your very best experiences and accomplishments are seen on the top third of the résumé. This top area is what the prospective employer is likely to read first—and what will operate as a hook for people to carry on reading through.
Choose the right font
For the majority of positions, choose a plain but contemporary font, like Helvetica, Arial or Lucida Console. Make your résumé is easy to read for employment managers by using a font size between 10 and 12.
One page is usually enough
Think carefully before using a two-page résumé. If you have enough appropriate experience, training, and credentials related to the role to present on more than one page of your résumé – then go for it. But if you can paint the same picture in less space – then do that.
The traditional length of a résumé is one page, whilst the CV is two. The main goal of a résumé when compared to the lengthier CV format, is to keep things brief and to the point. If you spill over to two pages you could be jeopardising your chances of an interview. The employer is hunting for a no-frills approach, and wants to get straight to the heart of the matter. Do you have the right credentials, or not?
You can utilize a separate font or typeface for your name, your résumé headers, and the organisations you’ve worked at. But ensure that it stays straight forward and make certain it’s constant and professional.
If there is a stark contrast in the two different fonts you use, it could look very odd. Try to be subtle with your font choice, so that it has the effect of highlighting the right sections.
Want more guidance on making your résumé get noticed? Use our guide: How to write a résumé.