The answer is unfortunately “no”. Presentation is also extremely important. Ask yourself a simple question. Do you prefer going to a super market with clean labels indicating where different categories of goods are stocked or one where there is no particular order. In which this is done. Appearance does matter.
A résumé is the first impression you are making on a prospective employer. Make the format of your résumé clean, easy to read and pleasing to the eye. You can always choose a format available on the web if you do not have time to prepare one. Keep it simple. Use of italics and highlighting should be limited. Inserting tables also needs to be such that it does not add to the clutter.
Remember, your résumé is first accessed by recruiters who may not necessarily have the experience and skills to pick the best and leave out the rest. You do not want the recruiter to take a look at your résumé and say ‘pass’. Make her life easy. Make your résumé easy to read and understand. She has very little time to decide whether to proceed. Let not the format of your résumé come in the way of being shortlisted
We explain below the differences between a résumé, curriculum vitae and biodata in a simple table
||1-2 Pages||Targets a specific position|
||Can be more than 2 Pages||Does not necessarily target a particular job|
Résumé or Curriculum Vitae + Personal Details
|Can be more than 2 Pages|
|Chronological Résumé||Optional – can be listed if applicable|
Optional – can be listed if applicable
Details of References – generally not provided – but can vary depending on job geography targeted.
Photographs – Not required – though some customer prefer to provide their photographs
Personal Details- Age, Gender, Date of Birth, Passport ( and Visa details), marital status, nationality – not required though some customers choose to provide these details.
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