The subject of ‘how to write a resume’ can be quite daunting. There really is a lot of conflicting information on this topic.

Working out ‘how to write a winning CV’ can cause a lot of confusion.

It’s a real challenge to know how you should present things, which information to include and in what order.

We’ve outlined a few key areas for you to keep in mind when sitting down to write and/or improve your curriculum vitae.

How To Present Your Resume

With respect to the presentation of your resume when making decisions it’s a good idea to take account of the following areas:

  • The best overall look and feel to use.
  • How long your resume needs to be.
  • The best font types and sizes to use.
  • When writing your CV you also need to take into account how to present headings and sub-headings.
  • The final area to consider is whether the use of bold is appropriate in a curriculum vitae.

There’s a plethora of free resume templates out there on the internet. It’s important you don’t over complicate things in this area.

Your resume needs to create a clean and professional image. No emojis please!

Which Content Should Be In Your Resume?

With respect to the content that needs to be included then there’s often confusion about the following areas:

  • The personal details you should include. For example, whether it’s advisable to include your street address as well as your email address.
  • How far to go back when writing about your educational qualifications.
  • How many jobs you should include on your CV and how you should you write about your jobs.
  • What you can do if when you need to get a potential employer interested in you, but you’re in the ‘catch-22’ situation of not having very much work experience at all.
  • What sort of additional information such as hobbies and/or certifications it is appropriate for you to include on your curriculum vitae.
  • At what point you should give information about your referees.

These aforementioned points show, it is really important to ensure you are including the right content in your resume.

Ensure you get advice from people with strong expertise in CV writing when you are deciding which content it is best to include and which to leave out.

How Should You Structure Your Resume?

Once you are clear on exactly how best to present your content and which content to include in your CV, then, you really need to think about what order this content should be placed in.

The order in which you place your ‘resume building blocks’ will determine whether your resume is easy to read and follow. This is crucial to keep the reader’s attention.

For example, should you list details about your education before or after the details about your work history in this important document?

Key Focus Areas When Writing A Resume

In summary, if you don’t want the worry of whether your resume is holding you back, you must be sure you have nailed the three key areas of:

  • Presentation
  • Content and
  • Structure

It is a really competitive job market and organisations often receive hundreds of applications for the one position.

So, it’s important that, when you construct your curriculum vitae, you present yourself in a way, that enables you to stand out from the crowd.

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Are you wondering whether it might be better for you to pay a resume writing company? Then check out our post on resume writing companies.

Are you looking for more cv writing tips? Then check out these additional tips on career advice for job seekers or this beginners guide to LinkedIn.