Below you will find a .pdf file template of a CV/Resume which looks professional, is easy-to-read and is ATS-friendly. But before you click and download this file it is better to understand what is important in writing a CV which will land you many interviews.

Firstly let’s see what is an ATS, why and how it is used by 95% of the companies.

What is an applicant tracking system (ATS)?

An applicant tracking system (ATS) is a software used by recruiters and employers to shortlist job applications. Most companies have adopted the use of an ATS because a recruiter receives about 250 applications per advertised job position on average. The ATS uses specific algorithms to shortlist the right job candidates and rejects the non-attractive candidates. The algorithms could be: keywords, location, education and experience matching, and etc. Most of the time each specific job position has its own terms to determine which candidates to be accepted by the ATS.

So the ATS compares your CV/Resume with the job position and decides whether you fit or not.

This whole thing means that to pass through the ATS filter you need to at least match some percentage of the skills needed by the job position. But have in mind that if the position expects specific location or experience you could be rejected.

Also another super important thing is that your CV/Resume is readable by the ATS, otherwise you will be rejected right away. (We will discuss it below.)

What is a CV/Resume and why do you need one?

A CV/Resume is a document where you describe yourself and your job experience. You use the CV/Resume whenever you need to apply for a job.

It is like a marketing material (leaflet, brochure) describing your services. It needs to sell you, it needs to tell people about your skills, knowledge and experience. And it needs to set your interview with the employers.

Who reads your CV/Resume and what they expect to see there? 

Recruiters and hiring managers (people who will be your managers if they hire you) are the ones that read the CVs/Resumes. At first your CV/Resume goes to the ATS, then to the recruiters and then to the hiring managers.

When your CV/Resume passes the ATS it is read by the recruiter. Please have in mind that even there is an ATS, the recruiters still need to read hundreds of CVs and you need to make sure that your CV/Resume is well structured and easy-to-read.

How to format and structure your CV/Resume to make it ATS-friendly, look professional and easy-to-read

You can download the CV/Resume example HERE.

Your CV needs to look nice and professional, be easy to read and of course pass the ATS.

Here is how you can achieve it:

  • Use simple fonts like Arial, Calibri, Tahoma
  • Use a simple color scheme like: black text on a white background.
  • No photos and images – at this part of the recruitment process you do not need to put images/photos. Many ATS reject CVs with images.
  • Clearly divide the sections in your CV.
  • Break the text up with paragraphs
  • Try to keep the CV within one page. Just put the most important information that is relevant to this particular job position.

CV/Resume sections

Make sure you describe each section clearly.

  1. Contact information
    1. At the top of the CV/Resume (left or right corner) you need to put your Name and contact information (Location, Telephone number, Email, LinkedIn account URL (Optional), Date of birth (Optional))
  2. Professional Profile (Optional)
    1. Here you can write something very short about you, your achievements and your future goals.
  3. Professional Experience
    1. Here you will describe your previous and current working positions. You need to include:
      1. The company name and company location
      2. Your position in the company
      3. Describe briefly what problems you are/were solving
  4. Core Skills
    1. Create a list with the skills you have. Make sure that you have written all the skills that you have related to this particular job that you are applying for.
    2. You can use bullets or just list them with commas.
  5. Extracurricular activities (Optional)
    1. Here you can describe any activities outside your school/university class and your job.
  6. Education
    1. List the schools and universities you have studied in with dates and received diplomas.
  7. Hobbies and Interests (Optional)
    1. If you do not have much experience you may describe your hobbies and interests as some of them could help you solve future working issues.
  8. Languages (Optional)
    1. The languages section could also be included in the skill or be here at the bottom, but make sure that you have it anywhere.

We hope that you have learned enough so you can write your own CV/Resume.

You can download the CV/Resume example HERE

If you have any question or you need our help you can contact us HERE