Your skills, experience and suitability for a role may be the most important part of your CV, but when employers are seeing lots of CVs for any one role, it’s important to catch their eye from the get-go.
Your CV needs to be clear, concise and easy to read. Take the time to put some thought into the physical design and layout to ensure that you get noticed for all the right reasons.
Keep it Simple
It’s completely natural to want to tell a potential employer all the reasons why you are suitable for the role – but this can often make your CV look crowded and waffled. Pick out some key phrases, for example ‘motivated’ highly organised’ ‘driven’ and list them in bullet points with short explanatory sentences rather than writing in long paragraphs.
Use the space well
Our friends over at TotalJobs are big fans of the white space on your CV! “Use it wisely to give the readers eyes a rest and a natural place to stop at the end of sentences and paragraphs. Break up your text into separate sections that use clear headings – this will make it easier for employers to zone in on relevant areas and pick out all the necessary information they need to make a decision about your application.”
Don’t be scared to think out of the box
It doesn’t hurt to be a little bit creative with your CV to help it stand out from the rest as long as it doesn’t cross the line into ‘informal’. Feel free to experiment with a bit of colour or a secondary font – as long as it is clear and consistent. We’re not talking rainbow word art here, but a splash of colour to break up the text can work wonders.
If you’re applying for a particularly creative role, that’s the time to get imaginative. One candidate even printed their CV on a paper coffee cup in order to get it seen by the hiring manager.
If you’re struggling to get started with your CV, see our blog post ‘Writing a Successful CV’