I remember attending a seminar by JobTiger, a Bulgarian work and HR platform, when I was at the university and I recall being slightly annoyed because we spent most of the time listening to and discussing tips about how to write our own resumes. Now, a few hundred CVs into recruiting, I can safely say that it was worth spending even more time on this mundane and often overlooked topic. Regardless of whether you choose to go with CV templates or not, the biography remains a key part of your personal presentation.
I don’t think I need to point out all the advantages of having a well-written CV, but let me summarize by saying it provides a map to speaking to you personally and to understanding not only what you learned, but also – how. To go about it another way – a messy and incomplete résumé is likely to drive people away from your profile. If you are lucky, it will only be for a few minutes until they find the time to sit and focus on your two or four pages.
I invite you to think about your résumé as if it was a story to tell. In the words of Robert Redford –
The art of storytelling is at our core. It’s the lifeblood of how we communicate and how we decide what deserves our attention and what we are content to ignore as a passing fad.
Let me point out though, a résumé with too little as with too much information is likely to be labeled just the same. If you are a student pursuing your first job – please don’t stuff too much in there. Write about your interest and maybe this will be a reason for the interview to ask you more questions. There are a lot of trends and many good articles on what you should include in your CV, but it’s your story.
On the other hand, people with 10 or more years of experience should not overdo it – I do try to read all the 10-page resumes I receive myself, but writing “Java” or “Excellent leadership skills” 40 times may just look suspicious at the end.
Having said all this, please find just a few CV templates to get you started. For those of you into heavy research, publishing, journalism or jobs of that sort, please find the LaTeX templates on this website, I hope you will find what you’re looking for there.
! The templates were gathered from the Internet a few years ago. Alas, I don’t remember where exactly from, so if you have more information, please contact me via one of the social media buttons above. Thank you.