Tips To Create the Perfect Resume Presentation
First impressions count. If you’re looking to advance past that initial step and get that job you’ve always dreamed of, then use our resume presentations.
With recruiters spending mere seconds looking at a CV, you need to make yours stand out with not only an impressive background to boast of but also a stunning design and layout.
In this post, we’ll take you through the mandatory sections of a resume presentation and what you can do in each to boost your hiring chances.
Begin with an overview of who you are.
As the unwritten rule of presentations goes, too much text will kill a design. So keep this section concise; three to four sentences with a maximum of 35 words should suffice.
Start with a good impression by taking this opportunity to outline your best qualifications and skills.
You can include a photo of yourself if you wish. Feel free to get creative with it as we have with this About Me slide from our Doodle CV template by “pointing” to the text.
You’ll also want to give it enough white space so the attention is on it.
If a short summary isn’t enough to highlight your suitability, include a second slide to list your most important and relevant knowledge areas.
In this example, we’ve included two strong points, each with its own icon, title, and one-sentence summary, but you’re welcome to expand it a little to three.
To avoid repetition, make sure the information here hasn’t already been mentioned.
Work history is a mandatory section in any CV and resume presentations are no exception.
And there are plenty of ways to spice this up to visually stimulate your audience.
Instead of listing them in bullet points as is usually done with A4 formats, why not use infographics like timelines?
The left-to-right arrangement makes it easier to understand the order of your professional experience.
If you’ve worked abroad, you can complement it with a map, which is exactly what we’ve gone for with this Teacher Resume template.
The colored dots representing each experience also correspond with those on the timeline, which further aids comprehension.
If you have multiple past jobs, select a couple whose scope and responsibilities are the most relevant and elaborate on them over one or two slides like we’ve done with this Pop Art Resume deck.
Don’t forget to list your responsibilities in the order that’s the most relevant to the position you’re applying for and any accomplishments and achievements.
The education component is a vital one in resumes. After all, it defines your formation and is, in a way, a precursor to your career.
You can choose to represent this with a roadmap to depict the path you took in your training years.
Instead of having it linear, you could give it a slight twist and make it windy, which allows you to play with the space available to include more information.
Alternatively, opt for simple icons.
Each should represent a different course with the period over which it was done and a short one-sentence description.
These can be anything from university degrees and post-graduate studies to other relevant coursework or certifications.
If you’re a fresh graduate with not much work experience in your pocket, the education section is where you should flesh out any information to prove your fit.
Consider tagging on one or two slides to talk about what you studied and highlight any specific classes or apprenticeship that may be applicable.
On top of your work experience and education, employers also look out for pertinent skills and competency, which is what this next segment aims to establish.
The key here is to tailor the information to the role.
For instance, if it’s an IT-related job, a slide on computer skills or the different software you’re familiar with will be particularly crucial.
You can present the information with a chart so viewers can better understand and easily compare how your skills rank up.
Likewise, if it’s a position like a tour guide or a language teacher, including a table listing your vernacular competencies can help hiring managers gauge your suitability.
Space may be a concern if you’re using an A4 format for your resume presentation.
In that case, we recommend listing your skills as bullet points to keep them succinct. As an example, check out our Jello Modern Resume. As always, list the most relevant ones first.
Pro tip: Match the keywords and terms you use in this section to those listed on the job description wherever possible.
The personal interests and hobbies section in a resume presentation shows how well you’ll fit in with the company culturally.
It’s also a good opportunity to portray yourself as an all-rounder.
With an A4 resume, the best way to optimize the space is with the use of icons and a one-word description of each one, which is exactly what we’ve done as seen in the example above.
If you’ve done volunteer work, definitely include it, too.
Icons are also a great way to represent hobbies.
You’re free to mention more than a couple. As a recommendation, keep it to six or fewer to avoid cluttering the slide.
Want to give it a more imaginative look? Consider using charts and graphs like these percentage circle we used in our Abstract CV template to represent the level of passion you have for each hobby.
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