Employers have time pressures so when reading your CV it needs to remain clutter-free and easy to read. The last thing the reader wants to do is to go hunting for the information that they are looking for and struggle to find it amongst the array of elaborate graphics.
Keep your CV to a maximum of two pages – anything more than that and it starts to resemble a chapter from War & Peace; worse still, an employer is likely to throw it away without even looking at it.
And, ensure that the layout of your CV remains constant throughout and avoid trying to cram as much information as possible onto two pages. Employers don’t want – nor do they have the time – to strain their eyes reading your details because of a poor choice of text size or font.
Finally, your CV is a working document that has a beginning, middle and an end so it needs to follow a logical structure and keep the same theme throughout. Keep your eye on the detail of your CV: if it is cluttered, the text is too big or small or the appearance is inconsistent, your chance of the detail standing out is impacted.
- Make sure dates are linear and correct
- Talk about your achievements and key projects outside normal duties
- Review your CV every 6 months and update it – you never know when you will need it!
- Make sure all your current contact details are easy to find
- If you are in a creative role go for a CV layout that represents your style, if you are not keep it in a more formal style
- Choose a font that is easy to read
- Don’t exaggerate or inflate your responsibilities
- Don’t write in the 3rd person – it is weird!
- Just copy and paste your job spec
- Leave out important information like your contact details
- Use PDF, recruiters and clients have problems importing these into their databases
- Save your CV somewhere you have limited access to