CV Formatting Tips and Downloadable Template

CV Formatting Tips and Downloadable Template

The recruiters are the first people that will review your CV. We have a large professional team at Petroplan, who go through this process everyday. Here are their Top 5 Tips for formatting CV’s. Using these will improve the job seeker’s chance of becoming noticed amongst the hundreds of applications. We’ve provided the CV Formatting Tips  and Downloadable Template.

You can use these tools as a guide for your oil and gas industry applications. The download is available at the bottom of this article when you fill out the form.

A Microsoft word document is king use the cv formatting tips and downloadable template

Rather than PDF, recruiters prefer CV’s written and submitted as a Word Document.

In Word you can’t use special formatting, fonts or pictures for a stand-out CV. Don’t worry. This does not really make a difference here, as CV’s are usually re-formatted. This is to maintain certain submission standards that employers require, like the document available to download below.

Summarise everything

The CVs you submit should have a brief summary of your professional experience, your experience details, any training/courses, qualification details and any additional information: languages, professional memberships, etc.

Having a summary relevant to your job application, would make your CV stand out. It will also make it easier for the recruiter and employer to see your experience.

Having an easy to read document highlighting your experience and showing what differentiates your experience from that of other candidates is what gets you closer to the job.

Less is more

Keep formatting simple using basic Microsoft Word functionalities (such as bullet points, etc.). Recruiters and employers really like seeing a CV they can read and analyse quickly.

Having a long paragraph explaining your job role might seem attractive, however – one of our top CV tips is keeping things simple.

Utilise bullet points for everything, but don’t go overboard. Ideally a short paragraph explaining your current and past job roles is good, but if you have skills that you would like to mention, especially skills that you have had in all your previous jobs as well – make them stand out before the description of your job.

For example, have a bullet point list of all your skills before you describe your previous positions as this summarises, in a concise way, all the information you would include in the descriptive paragraphs. You’ll see how to use these CV Formatting Tips and Downloadable Template really useful for this.

Give it a KISS

KISS – stands for Keep It Simple Stupid or Keep It Short and Simple – a principle applied a lot by the USA Navy, originally noted in 1960 – describes that most systems work best if they are simple, rather than complicated.

Keep the layout of your document clean and simple. Text boxes, columns and tables can make text difficult to import and scan. Single column paragraphs are best for readability.

Making sure your CV is really easy to understand especially when submitting for positions which list a lot of technical skills in the job description. Having a cluttered CV will make identifying these required skills more difficult for the recruiter. Highlight these skills and your CV will appear to have a close match to the job specification requirements, that rule you in or out at an early stage of the application process.

Keep it error free

Our top advice when looking at resume tips is to have a correct and error free CV.

Having a lot of errors, especially in formatting when uploading a PDF CV can make it harder for recruiters to read your CV and to analyse the best way of placing you on a job.

Misspelled words and incorrect grammar are instant warning signs to recruiters of a candidate’s basic literacy skills.

A simple word document that is clean and well formatted should have minimal errors, as the Microsoft Word processor usually corrects and advises you of possible grammar and spelling errors automatically.

Make sure you correct any errors you can see and use the spell and grammar check tool that is included to make sure you tackle all of them.

We have included an example CV that you can use for formatting your future CVs – just fill out the form and confirm your e-mail

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