When looking for work, it is very important to remember thatthe design of the resume is no less important than its content: as you know, they meet on clothes - a casually decorated resume is unlikely to cause the recruiter to read it. Let's talk about the nuances of decorating your curriculum vitae.
If you fill out a CV online atsearch for a job or use a resume template provided by a specific company to which you want to work, there should not be any difficulties with registration: the structure of the resume has already been written out, you only need to enter the necessary information in the appropriate boxes. However, when writing a resume in a free form it is very easy to "pierce" with the design. What should be the correct design of the resume?
You need to start with document structure definition. We already talked about it in our article "Secrets of a good resume", there you can find detailed instructions on how to fill the resume. Just in case, we briefly repeat the main blocks:
experience (starting with the last job in the reverse order);
education (basic and additional);
professional knowledge and skills;
knowledge of languages;
Each block should be clearly separated from the rest. To do this, you can use a table (its boundaries do not have to be visible, just place the text in columns) or simply leave an empty line between blocks.
All resumes should be placed on one page,indicating only the most important information. Do not try to put as much information on one page as possible, reducing the font size: the resume typed in too small a font will be unreadable. The optimal font size is 12-14 pointsSelect the standard headset (Times or Arial). If the resume does not fit information that you consider important, but not paramount, better describe it in the cover letter.
Your resume should be neat. Observe indentation and line spacing, do not neglect paragraphs and lists. Correct formatting makes the resume morereadable. However, do not get involved in "decoration", using frames, vignettes, unusual fonts and effects, bizarre graphics: after all, a resume is a business document, it should be simple. If you need to highlight the important, use bold type.
Before sending, be sure to carefully read the summary and correct all errors. If you are afraid that your eyes are "soaped"give it to someone for verification, let them at the same time critically evaluate the design of the resume and its readability. Make sure that there are no abbreviations in the text that the potential employer can not decipher: the names of organizations and educational institutions should be better written completely.
The resume can be sent to the employer both in print and in electronic form. In the first case, print out a resume on quality paperusing a laser printer. If you send a resume to several companies, you need to print out several copies, and not to make photocopies: they will always be worse in quality than the original.
If you send a CV in electronic form, then,as mentioned above, you need only use standard fonts. You do not need to "weight" your resume with complex built-in tables, macros, etc.: they can open incorrectly or not open at all. The summary is best sent in DOC or RTF format. The file should not be too "heavy". You do not need to archive it to reduce the "weight": by this you force the recruiter to perform unnecessary actions, which is unlikely to place him to you.
Pay attention to the name of the file: you do not need to call it a "resume", "resume", and somore - "nameless" or "new document". Do you think how many files with such names a recruiter receives daily? That your resume is not lost, it is best to call it your name, and if your name is common, you can add to it a name or a name and a patronymic.
remember, that most resumes recruiters scan diagonally: they do not have time to read each one. Accurate design of the resume greatly increases the chances that he will be noticed, read and invited to an interview.