Different Formats of CV: How to Choose the Best One
Choosing the correct CV format is not as tough as it seems. If your first fifteen CVs writings services do not get results, then change the content, change the format, and send out another fifteen. Getting a job is about not giving up and learning from your rejections and your successes. Though this article may seem like another piece of flavorless *bumpf about CV formatting, it is actually loaded with very good advice. Every paragraph has something to teach you about producing your CV.
Choose a format dependent upon the job you are going for
If you are going for a road-sweeping job, then maybe a full and frank 20-page document on your time working in Sudanese hospitals and a glittering singing career will not impress your employer. Maybe a simple and short CV would be best.
Most articles of this ilk are going to tell you to write a short CV. That is complete **Tosh unless you are going for a minimum wage job. If the job you are going for is for a career, then having a short single-page CV is not enough. That is like trying to sell a Mercedes with a bus ticket. On the other hand, if you are applying for a minimum wage job, then a longer CV will be ignored–in which case it is a good idea to have a shorter single-page CV.
Choose a format that is suitable for the bulk of the information in your CV
In simple terms, if you have a resume that has very little to it, then a sexy and drawn out format is not for you. You should probably keep it simple and easy to read. If you have had to fill a short resume with a lot of information, then maybe a format that gives you more space, and a format that uses white space more carefully, is probably more suitable.
Choose a format that highlights your best points
Once you have planned your CV, you should have a good idea of what it is going to have and entail. You should know which bits are going to be bulky, and which bits are looking a bit thin. You need a format that is going to help you make the weaker bits look fatter, and help you highlight the parts where you have a lot to say.
Even if you use a template or a CV builder, you should still highlight the most important points on your CV. If you are applying for a job that requires a qualification, and you have the qualification level above that, then you need to alter your CV manually so that your extra qualifications are highlighted. You can even go as bold as making the font bigger, underlining items, or switching your CV around so that the best features are read first.
Choose a format that helps lessen your weaker points
This is a point that too few people understand. You are trying to sell yourself, and when you sell yourself to a person or a company, you are supposed to shine up your best features and play down your weaker features.
If you were selling a car, you would polish up the paintwork, clean the interior and draw the buyer’s attention towards the brand new tires you put on the car. You may play down the fact that the brake pads only have another six months on them, or that a similar car is on sale down the road for half the price. You need to brush over your weaker points and you can do that via the way you format your CV.
If you want, you can hide your weaker points if you wish. You can do things such as fudge the dates so that there is no gap between jobs, or you can claim that you got a passing grade in a subject as oppose to a fail grade. Nobody is going to condone lying on a CV, but you are free to do so if you can withstand the moral questions around it. However, there are some things that are going to struggle to brush over, and that is where formatting can come in.
Formatting and hiding your inexperience
It can be tough getting a job if you have little experience. The part of your CV that should hold a list of your employers from your previous years. If you only have one or two previous employers, then fill out that section and make it look bigger by adding details about the job. Give your reasons for leaving, the date and day, you started and finished, and any other data that you may not add in if you were to have lots of experience. Turn your short list into short paragraphs and that section will look a lot bigger.
Formatting to highlight your extended experience in one place
In contrast to the example above, what if you have lots of experience but you have been in the same job for a long time. Your previous employment section is going to look pretty empty too. Your first job is going to be to highlight the number of years you have been with the company. Write the date you started and finished, but also (and this is important), you must write in the number of years and months you were with the company. Do not assume that the employer will look at the dates and automatically calculate that you were there for 17 years. You have to ram it down the employer’s throat.
You may then add another section to your CV that details the things you learned over the years whilst being in the job. Instead of having a list of previous employers, you have a list of all the things you learnt over the years. It will again make that section of your CV look bulkier and will help highlight your positive sides. It is a lot better than simply having a section called “Experience” or “Previous employment” and then just having one name under it.
*bumpf – Is an English word that originated during the Second World War when English soldiers were giving numerous instruction manuals that they ended up using as toilet paper (or bum fodder).
**Tosh – Is an older English phrase meaning “Rubbish” or bull muck. Pish Tosh means utterly absurd.