Your CV format is crucial to job search success. If you are struggling to get interviews with your current CV it may not be your CV's content that's letting you down. It could be the formatting that is making prospective employers miss your skills, resulting in your CV being overlooked.
Check out the following points and see if there's anything you can use to improve your CV.
1. Decrease your page margins.
You have limited space when writing your CV so you need to make the most of it by minimising blank space and filling the pages with compelling content. Decreasing your page margins will allow you to fit more content into the top of the page and your CV as a whole.
2. Minimise Contact Details
Too many personal details at the top push the content of your CV down the page and hide important content from view when first opening it. Recruiters don't need to see your full address and date of birth on your CV - it's too much detail for the early stages of a job application. All you need to include is your name, telephone number, email address. Put these details at the top of your CV in small font size to save as much space as possible.
3. Divide your sections clearly
To ensure that your CV is easy to navigate and has a professional look you should have clearly headed sections throughout. Make sure each section (Personal Statement, Skills, Qualifications etc) is titled accordingly and that the text for the heading is in bold and a few sizes larger than your paragraph text.
4. Use Bullet points
Bullet pointing your job descriptions makes it far easier for people to read your CV and pick out the information they need. Prosective employers are often very busy people so they will be reluctant to wade through big messy paragraphs. Use bullet points so that your skills can be found easily.
5. Ensure your CV pages transition neatly
A page transition is what happens when one page ends and the next one starts. When the role title is on the bottom of one page of the CV and the details of the section do not start until the next page looks untidy - especially when it's such a simple thing to fix.
6. Alsways send your CV as a Word document
Always save and send your CV in Word Doc form as it has the best features for CV writing and prospective employers will be able to open your CV in Word when they receive it.
7. Name the CV file approprately
A CV is a professional document and the file name will be seen when it's attached to emails, so be sure to name it properly. The best way to name your CV is simply use your full name followed by CV.
Posted: Thursday 19 July 2018