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CV & Resume Templates
A thoughtfully designed CV or resume can help you stand out from other candidates, and make a memorable first impression. It isn’t enough to use the standard template in MS Word—you need to be thinking more creatively! In this series, we’re sharing tips, advice, and templates for creating the perfect CV or resume!
We’ll also share a few tips on how to write a resume that will help you land your next gig, consider how long your resume should be (always a tricky question!), and how you should list your references.
Latest CV & Resume Template Articles
Inspiration / 20 Dec 2018
A first impression can either make or break your chance of landing a dream job. So choosing one of the best resume templates can give you a fantastic head start. These modern CV templates for Word, Pages, and InDesign are the perfect starting point for creating your new and improved resume!
These beautifully designed resume templates will help you stand out from the crowd, help you showcase the right skills, and improve your chances of landing the job. Some of the templates are free, and others cost a few dollars. All of them are absolutely beautiful!
Having a modern, professional resume doesn’t necessarily mean you will land the job, but it’s a great way to make sure you get the interview! And once you’ve chosen one, remember to read through our guide on how to customize a CV or resume template to make your own mark.
Business / 23 Jul 2018
Congratulations, your freelance business is proving successful. But how do you handle talking about it or explaining freelance work to potential employers, or on your resume? It can be a hard subject to explain as a single entry on paper, and you don’t want freelance work to look like an employment gap.
There are some things you can do to on paper (and on LinkedIn) to help present freelance work in a way that is more understandable to others. The key for many freelancers – especially those working part-time – is remembering to include freelance work as part of your resume and design portfolio. Sometimes those jobs can be just the thing you need to help land the next big gig!
Typography / 16 May 2018
It might sound a little silly at first, but the typeface you select for your resume design can speak volumes to potential employers. The font represents your design style and professionalism. It can also impact how the person looking at your resume perceives the information at hand.
The typeface you select makes a first impression with every person you might meet in the interview or hiring process. (They’ll likely see your resume before they ever meet you.) Make sure to set the right tone from the start.
Here are a few top-notch font choices that are resume-ready.
Inspiration / 1 May 2017
If you’re using Apple Pages to design your CV or resume, this is a great handpicked collection of resume templates to get you started fast. Some of these cost a few dollars, and some are completely free!
Did you know that 98% of all resumes received for a job gets eliminated during the initial screening process? This means you only have a 2% chance of getting through to the interview stage.
As you can imagine, the design and the content of your resume play a crucial role in helping you get the attention of the hiring managers and have a chance at landing an interview. Your resume is the one thing that may help you get your dream job.
Luckily, you don’t have to be a designer to make a professional resume. You can simply download a pre-designed resume template and easily edit to make it your own.
How to Write a Resume: 3 Key Tips
Writing a resume is a little more complicated than grabbing a template and changing dates, company names and titles. A well-written resume shows who you are, what you can do and why you’d be a perfect fit for the job you are applying for.
When writing your resume keep these three key tips in mind:
- Include basic information in a simple format. Simple, straightforward descriptions are appropriate for many of these standard details including contact information, work experience, skills, education and awards/honors.
- Don’t overdo it. Flowery or overly descriptive writing is not necessary when it comes to your resume. Write in clear, concise and error-free statements.
- Organize your resume into sections with different writing types. Save the storytelling for the cover letter and keep the actual resume and references straightforward.
How Long Should a Resume Be?
Ideally, your resume should be no longer than one page.
When you add a cover letter or references this extends to one page for each section of the resume.
While this is a guideline, some resumes will be longer. A CV for someone with a long history in academia, for example, might be considerably longer with a list of published studies or articles.
This guideline exists to save hiring managers time. If your resume is more than one page, make sure the most important and relevant information is on the first page. Use reverse chronological order so the most recent jobs and accolades are first.
How to List References On a Resume
You might need to include references with your resume when you apply for certain positions. (This is often stated with the application.)
References do not belong in the resume itself. They should be on a separate sheet. Include three references (unless specifically asked for a different number).
List references with whom you have the closest relationship or work with currently first. When you aren’t sure how to list references, alphabetical order is acceptable. Make sure to include the name, company and title, contact information and your relationship to each person.
How to Use a Resume Template
A resume template can be a great starter for writing and designing your own resume.
To use a resume template, start by downloading a template in a format that you are comfortable with. Many come in InDesign and Word formats.
Use the visual theme, but add any custom elements that really demonstrate your skills or personality. Changing the color or typography in the template theme is often a good place to start.
Then strip out unnecessary elements or sections that you don’t need in your resume and add your content. Consider moving elements to make sure that the most important parts of your career are front and center.