CV do’s and don’ts – our top CV writing secrets
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A strong CV can not only make the difference when it comes to getting a job, it can be a deciding factor in whether or not you even get an interview.
When you send off your application, your CV has just a few seconds to stand out from the crowd before probably being lost among a sea of other applicants.
Here are some CV do’s and don’ts, CV hacks and instant wins that together add up to give you our top CV writing secrets.
CV do’s and don’ts
Do give your CV a logical structure, with separate sections for basic contact details, education, career history and outside interests. Our CV Builder can help you make sure you’ve covered everything you need to mention.
Don’t go into too much detail. Make sure the important points are mentioned but remember you can provide more background in your interview – and don’t go over one or two sides of A4 unless you’re sure it’s appropriate to do so.
Do tweak your CV for each role you apply for – but don’t spend more time than you need to on each new version!
Do put your most relevant info up top so interviewers can find it easily. Don’t neglect the basics like your name and contact details though, as you want recruiters to be able to contact you easily.
These three CV hacks can help you to say what you want to say, without cluttering the page:
- Use a narrow/oval font. The letters are narrower than in a typeface based on circular characters and you’ll fit more words on a line.
- White space makes text more readable. It’s better to make your text slightly smaller if it means you can miss a line between sections or use 1.5x line spacing.
- Stick to a single font (or at most, a second font just for titles and subheadings). Any more than that starts to confuse the eye.
Remember, you want your key information to be easy to find and easy to read, so interviewers can cast their eye over your CV in just a few seconds and notice what you want them to notice.
CV instant wins
Some tweaks can have a big impact on your CV in literally just a few seconds – these are our CV instant wins:
- Change the font to something modern, elegant and easy to read on-screen and in print. Remember the tip from above about font widths.
- A border usually isn’t necessary but a horizontal line can help to mark the divide between different sections. Larger titles help to draw the eye too.
- If you’re just a few words over a single page but can’t find anything to remove, very slightly reduce your character spacing, line spacing or margins to make it fit!
Don’t take it to extremes – it’s all about finding balance and making the page look good overall – but with these top CV writing secrets and the help of our CV Builder, you can be sure of making the right first impression.BACK