Which Résumé Format Is Right For You?
Your CV is an indispensable tool in your job search. It is your ‘passport’ to landing a job since it is the first reference about you that recruiters will see. That’s why you must pay special attention to the way you present yourself: a well-prepared résumé can set you apart from any other candidate.
The rules for writing the perfect CV are not set in stone and new CV formats seem to pop up every day. Below, we present some of the latest trends in résumé styles so you can choose the one that best suits you:
- The Video CV: Internet is becoming increasingly important in the employee selection process. Many candidates choose a video CV, rather than the more traditional paper résumés, to present their skills and abilities for a job offer. This format allows you to show aspects of yourself that are more complicated to get across in writing.
If you are interested in this CV format, here are some recommendations to help you prepare your own video presentation:
- Have clear ideas of what you want to say before you start recording
- Choose a space that is suitable for recording with no noise and good lighting
- Begin with presenting yourself in a natural, unforced, way
- Clearly explain your education, experience and skills. Remember to start with the most relevant information!
- The recommended duration of a video CV is 3 minutes.
- The Infographic CV: This is a more creative approach to presenting your CV. Concepts are expressed in graphs or illustrations that represent what we want to transmit. This résumé format allows you not only to illustrate your experience and studies in a visually impacting way but also to show your personality.
If this is the CV style you prefer, it is important that you have some knowledge of design.
- The Europass CV: Those students who prefer to leave all their employment options open by also seeking work in other EU countries opt for the Europass CV. Europass is a standard CV format designed and approved by the European Union that helps candidates present their qualifications and skills.
In addition to being a valid format across Europe, it allows you to present your professional skills, such as communication, organization, management, and teamwork, clearly and effectively.
- More traditional formats: If you prefer more traditional CVs, there are various styles for you to choose from:
- Reverse-chronological: Your information is organized chronologically, starting with your most recent work experience.
- Functional: Here, you divide your information into sections: for example, experience, education, information of interest. The main advantage of this format is that it allows you to present a summary of your qualifications, skills and experience.
- Combination: This format is a combination of reverse-chronological and functional résumé styles.
Choose the CV format that best suits you and start preparing it now.
Your next job is waiting for you!