The way we order or organize our curriculum is fundamental. Form is as important as content and has a great influence on the impression we give to recruiters. There is no general rule on how we should organize a resume and this is because it depends a lot on how your profile is. However, we are going to give you some basic rules to organize your resume correctly and help you make a good impression with it.
– Highlight your strengths:
It may seem very logical, but it’s something we often forget about. Think about your profile and what do you think makes you someone special to work for a company. Is it your training? Is it your experience? is it something else? Whatever it is, that should come first, you can start with your academic or employment information as you see fit. You can also play with the order, doing it in chronological order or in reverse order. You can also play with other elements as we will explain in the following points.
– Play with space and graphics:
This is also obvious, the more space we dedicate to a theme, the easier it will be to see. That is why we must dedicate more space to those experiences that may be of most interest to the company we are interested in, either by writing more about it or by using some image or graphic. If languages are not your forte, don’t put up flags that take up too much space and stand out in plain sight to say that you speak Spanish and barely speak English.
The same goes for bar graphs to represent your mastery of different areas or tools, if you don’t excel in them better than to dedicate as much space to them. In the curriculum vitae we have very little space, so we must take advantage of it well and use it intelligently.
– Think about who you want to be hired:
As we have told you according to the candidate’s profile in the curriculum, some things need to be reinforced, but this criterion is also influenced by the position you are applying for. Each position has its own peculiarities and requires different skills, so you have to think about what the job you want to apply for is like: if it is important to work for the client, highlight your experiences in similar positions and the skills you have for this type of job;
if you are going to apply for a position in which you are going to manage a team of people, highlight your experience for this or your training, etc.
– Learn how to reduce your resume:
A resume should be brief. Whoever is going to see it is not going to spend a lot of time on it at first, so we must be brief and highlight from the beginning what may be of interest to the company we want to work for. If our curriculum is very long and takes up several things, we will already be saying one thing to recruiters: we do not know how to be concise or concrete.
It is very common for us to have a type of curriculum that we send to all companies, but as you can see, this should not be the case. As you can imagine, this process takes time, but in the end we can simplify the type of companies and positions we apply for. For example, a journalist may be eligible to work as a copywriter in a media or copywriter in an advertising agency; a designer may be eligible to work in a web design or brochure and magazine design company.
These are two different positions for which two different resumes should be made, highlighting the skills and experience needed to get one job or another. Think about what kind of jobs and companies might be interested in you and make the resumes you need to draw attention to your applications.