Do you need anything other than a standard resume format?
The purpose of your resume is to get you an interview and to do that your resume has to be able to convince the recruiter that you have everything that they are asking for within the job advert. This, however, is not as simple as it may sound as most recruiters will not spend hours studying each resume to seek out the information that they want to see. If the right information does not jump off the page during a very brief review your resume will be discarded. A standard resume format that is not too cluttered and organized in a simple and recognizable way is often the best way to ensure that you have the greatest success with your resume.
What does a standard resume format look like?
Take a look at the many simple resume samples that we have on our site if you want to see what a standard resume format should look like. The standard format of resume will follow a very simple layout and this more often than not is the best way to go. A highly complex and cluttered format will make things difficult to find while a standard resume format will present your information quickly in a way that the reader will recognize it. A standard resume format should;
- Have clear headings to highlight each different section; these should be bolded only, do not capitalize every letter.
- Use clear space before each section so that it is obvious where the sections start
- Use an easily readable 12pt font, smaller fonts or fancy scripts make it hard to read
- Use formatting sparingly, don’t use bolding and italics unless it is really necessary to draw attention to something
- Do not decorate your page using dividers and borders, this is a CV not an art class
How to use your standard resume format?
The standard or simple resume format needs to be used as a template for your own personal information. You cannot just copy any CV that you find on this site or elsewhere online. You should carefully analyze the job advert and the company’s website so that you truly understand exactly what the recruiter is looking for. Using a generic CV is fine, but the more you tailor your resume to perfectly match what the recruiter wants to see the better your chances are of being selected to interview. Using a tailored approach for your CV allows you to ensure that the specific and most important information that the recruiter is looking for is clearly located at the top of each section ensuring that it is quickly and easily seen rather than the recruiter having to search for it and potentially giving up before they find it.