1. Format of your CV
It’s important to understand from the outset that you will be evaluated on how your resume looks, the formatting, and the style. Make sure it is easy to read and visually accessible. I advise candidates to stay away from overly designed resumes and choose a clean, crisp format that is easy to read.
I also recommend always presenting your resume as a PDF, so the format doesn’t get changed depending on what version of Word the reader has or if they are viewing it on their phone.
As recruiters, we’re looking for a simple resume, something that’s easy to read. Some basic formatting can go a long way, such as putting your role first then the company name, and then listing the dates very clearly.
Use consistent formatting and parallel language (starting each bullet with an active verb, for example) to ensure that your reader can focus on the substance of your resume.
2. Length of the CV:
Your resume should tell the story of your career and your accomplishments. However, unless you are applying for higher education or a scientific position where a full CV is required.
Is the information necessary and relevant? I would rather see a longer resume where it feels like every bit of space is used appropriately than a short one that doesn’t give me enough information about the candidate.
On the flip side, a resume can be within that two- to three-page benchmark and still be too long if it isn’t concise or provides relevant information.
3. Photo on the CV?
No need for a photo. Recruiters are looking for facts, successes, and numbers and even if you have to put a picture then it should be a professional-looking photo.
4. Contact Information
A lot of people don’t feel comfortable including their full addresses. I don’t think you need to. Include your email, phone number, and LinkedIn at the top of your resume and in your email signature.
The last thing you want is a recruiter trying to find your phone number.
5. Showcasing Experience:
In the content of your role, I want to see numbers. I want to see where the organization was when you started, and where it is now. I want to see your results and what you really accomplished while you were there. More than anything, I don’t like a resume that is just all your straight tasks, a laundry list. I’m looking for results and content.
6. Hobbies / Interest:
I don’t think it’s necessary to include your personal hobbies unless it is additive.
A Final Advice:
A resume is a very personal document: you are sharing your story, no one knows your story better than you do, and it is important that you represent yourself in an authentic way. At the end of the day, you want to create and share a document that you are proud of and that feels like it came from—and could only come from—you.
Article written by Seemeen Khan – Recruitment Team Lead, Alpha Data Recruitment