It’s all good and well to have killer experience and some excellent skills, but if you can’t convey the information in a practical way then you might find yourself fresh out of luck. Make sure when you write your CV, you format it in such a way that conveys the message in a readable manner so the recruiter can formulate an accurate impression of you as an employee. If you’re stumped as to how you should do that, have a read of our simple suggestions below.
The importance of brevity
Want to know the most basic and also most important aspect of CV formatting? Easy, keep it simple. Use a simple clean font like Helvetica, ensure your resume is easy on the eyes and easy to follow. It’s also a good idea to ensure you leave a generous amount of whitespace on the page.
Make your contact info easy to find
Don’t make the recruiter search for your contact information. Make sure your details are prevalent on your CV. Maybe include your contact info on as a header or a footer on your resume. Keep in mind you don’t necessarily need to include an address on your CV anymore, but you will need to include an email and phone number, make sure it’s easy to find.
Design for functionality
What this means is your resume needs to be designed so a recruiter can skim over the entire document and find the essential information. Your CV needs to cater to a fast paced world where people don’t have a lot of time for reading anymore. You need to ensure before your CV is tossed aside, the recruiter can easily read what your experience and skills are. So make sure you don’t centre any of your text, use bullet points and headers, and keep your formatting consistent.
Not everybody has superb design skills, which means you don’t have to fret if you’re not the most talented individual when it comes to creating a slick CV. It’s not problem though, you might want to check out some websites that offer help with resume formatting, or if you’re lucky, you might have a friend who can help you spruce up your Curriculum Vitae. Jumia Jobs allows you to create an excellent digital CV. Or you can even download a free CV template from Jumia Jobs.
Standout from the pack
This final step needs to be done carefully because if you over do it, your CV can end up looking quite gaudy. Up the top we suggested you keep your resume simple, which is true, you should, but that doesn’t mean it has to be plain. Try breathing some life into your CV use a stylish font: Helvetica or Arial, (definitely not Times New Roman) or add in some tasteful graphics and creative touches. If you’re submitting a resume online, you might want to look at designing a creative resume, like an infographic or even a video. Your design should cater to the type of company you’re applying for, so if the company is quite traditional or conservative, your resume should reflect that.
So there they are, quick and simple tips to ensure you format your CV in the best way possible. Keep checking Jumia Jobs for more CV tips and the latest job listings.