Resume Outline Templates
Resume Outline Templates
An effective CV is a must for candidates applying for a position – especially in this employment environment. Make sure your resume is polished and sharp. Employers not only screen certain types of experiences based on screen content, but also use this information to assess your presentation, communication, and writing skills. They also use it prior to the interview to ask questions and then remind them of your qualifications. Your CV must be your voice when you are not there. I do not need to stress how important it is that it best represents you. The following is a guide to make sure you have the best appearance.
Get closer to your resume like your life story:
First, let’s make sure we’re on the same page here. We think you should approach your CV like the next bestseller in the New York Times. Everyone else sees their resume as a “list of experiences” – you have to sell it as a “story of the next big thing”. I’m not exaggerating here. I’ve looked through thousands of CVs in my time in America and those who have noticed – those who left me behind and said, “Wow, we MUST bring this person in here, they’re on their way up!”
Write your CV like an experienced author:
Do not think that experienced writers just sit down and write. They are brainstorming. They sketch. They work. They reorganize themselves. They work even more. They replace words with better ones. They let others check it. Simply put, they do not stop until it’s perfect. Do not stop until yours is perfect and delivers exactly the message you want.
Today we concentrate on the outline part. We believe that outline is the most important step in writing a story. It’s essentially about finding out the goals before embarking on a big journey. If you first set the plan, you will have more time later to deal with the details. The following is a template that you can use to outline your CV. Remember, this is a great story, not just a summary.
A. The headline
Enter your name, your permanent (and temporary) address, telephone number and e-mail address. Make sure your email address is professional. Something like shorty123 [at] email.com is not exactly the first impression you want to convey.
Think of it as the cover of a book. This is your first impression with the reviewer. Pay attention to what your headline looks like: what fonts do you use, what text sizes do you use, how do you arrange them? This is probably the only part of the curriculum in which you can bring some creativity – so try it out and make sure it represents you. Remember, if it’s important not to be cluttered, make sure your headline is not too invisible.
B. The job objective or a summary of the qualifications
Before you immerse yourself in your CV, it is customary to warm up the examiner with a summary of what you are looking for (career goal) or what you can provide (qualifications). If you are in a specific area, sometimes a career goal is the way to go. It helps the employer to signal that in the long run they will fit what they are looking for. However, in most cases, use a summary of qualifications. It tells your story better.
The key here is to use words that best represent the type of person you are. These are the first chapters of your story – be sure to captivate the reader.
If you are still in school or have just graduated, give name, degree, and focus. Do not be chic here. This is usually just a checkpoint for the examiner.
C. Employment history
This is the meat of your resume. Make sure you spend a lot of time focusing your outline on it. Break up each experience like chapters in a book. The title is the name of your business, your location, the dates you work there, and the location of the business. Most people emphasize their company name here. Do not do that. Remember, that’s your story. Instead, emphasize your title while you were there.
Tell your story very carefully for each position. The points should be result-oriented and focused on YOU. Do not say what the company did. Say what you have actually done. Do not give the team credit. Understand what happened. I can not stress enough that you have to shine here – nobody else.
The topic here should be all about action and numbers. What did you do or deliver? Give exact numbers and facts. Do not bore the reviewer with details that mean nothing. Get to the point.
It is important that you take a selective approach to what you want to record here. You probably know that you do not have to throw every job you ever had into this area. But most people forget that it’s important not to take on every responsibility you’ve ever had on every job. Only include things that are relevant to the particular job you are applying for. This helps to focus the story where it matters most.
How your experiences are organized can also be important. Most people use chronological but are not afraid to use a “functional” format. Functional formats focus experiences on specific abilities. This is normally used for jobs that require specific skills.
D. Special skills or affiliations
Think of this as the end of a great story. How do you want to leave the viewer? Of course let her want more! Include things the examiner can connect to. If you’ve made it this far – the reviewer agrees with you – leave them in your memory.
In most follow-up interviews, little time is spent discussing whether an applicant can do his job. The answer is usually a clear yes or no. If so, the conversation is mainly used for what makes you special. It’s usually things that come out in this last section. Be unforgettable!
These are the credits of a movie or the thank you section of a book. Involve something, but people usually never pay attention to it. A simple “available on request” is sufficient. But be ready with them!
And that’s it! Use this template to sketch your CV, but do not stop there. Remember, you’re a great author, so keep going with what writers would do. Edit, reorganize and have others review.