Best CV Templates

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The best templates for CVs and resumes include chronological and functional, both of which should not exceed two pages to outline a complete work experience history. Find the most appropriate resume template to work from with help from an experienced career coach in this free video on resume writing.

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O.k, so we're talking about CV templates and one of the best ones to use...let's first of all clear up a little bit about CV. CV means Curriculum Vitae and that's more typically used by academics and we're talking about resumes. Corporate resumes, there are some templates that are available on line for those and frankly there are a lot of them. So let's talk a little about that and restrict ourselves to a corporate sort of job which could also include not for profit; and again the sense of resume as opposed to CV. One thing about a resume is that it should never be more than two pages. As a rule we recommend one page per ten years of employment experience but again not to exceed two pages, which means that if you had a job that was twenty years ago, you may want to condense that down to one line. And the other two kinds of resumes that there are are chronological and functional resumes. Chronological resumes present in reverse order your specific work experience where as, functional resumes present your particular skills and abilities and then in a much more abbreviated way including where you did those skills and then when towards the bottom of the resume be that the first or second page. In terms of templates themselves, you'll see a lot of those on line. They are all over the place. You can even look at specific templates for specific jobs and specific schools that you come from. Generally, school career development offices will have a format, a style, or a template that you can use. One thing I would suggest is to stay away from tables because not all of the optical scanners that we use these days and software scanners can get through a table so it's a good idea to use just a basic word document as your template. That said, you should also be aware of how to create a rich text file or a dot RTF file as well. Sometimes, some of the scanners and browsers can't accurately read a word document. That's changed and gotten a lot better in the last two or three years but every so often you'll see a place where you have to upload your resume and it will only upload properly in a rich text format file be it in a chronological or functional resume format. So, again, for templates look around on the web, see what fits best for you. Avoid tables, avoid those preset templates that again may mess up a scanner or some form of electronic reader. Stick to two pages maximum or one page for ten years. As always remember the purpose of the resume is not to tell somebody everything about yourself but to increase their interest in bringing you in for an interview. And that's really it in a nutshell. Thanks.


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