Building a CV for a job application can be a challenge sometimes. There are many styles of writing a resume, but how do you know what is the most professional and sophisticated way to approach to a job offer?
Boosting your CV
If you already have written your CV, now it’s time to boost it a little bit. What is the perfect way to do that?
Decrease your CV page margins
Use the space you have for writing your CV effective. You can do that by minimalising blank space and instead of that you can write compelling content that will motivate the employers to be interested in you.
Minimise contact details
Don’t waste your space by writing all the available ways the employers can contact you. Keep it simple and short. Viewing from the point of a recruiter, no one will waste their time to read your birth date or your full address. The important things you can include in your CV are your name, phone number, email address and some rough location so that recruiters will have a small picture of where you can commute to.
Divide your CV’s sections clearly
One thing that a recruiter likes the most is well organised CV. If recruiters find your CV easy to read, then they will like you more – it's that simple. You must have different sections starting from your personal information, employment history, education/additional certifications.
CV’s do’s and don’ts
- Choose a professional font
- Play to your strengths
- Use bullet points
- Present things in a logical order
- Keep it short and simple
- Try to include too much
- Experiment with size
- Include irrelevant information
- Forget your cover letter
- Use crazy colours
- Include a selfie
However, you decide to organize the sections of your CV, be sure to keep each section uniform. For example, if you put the name of one organization in italics, every organization name must be in italics. If you include a sentence or two about your accomplishments in a particular position make a bulleted list of each accomplishment. This will keep your CV organized and easy to read.
Check spelling, grammar, tenses, names of companies and people. Always be sure to edit your CV before sending it.
Font Choice and Font Size
Your font size should be between 10 and 12 points, although your name and the section headings can be a little larger and/or bolded. There's no need to use ornate fonts that are difficult to read; Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri, or fonts like these are best.
While resumes are generally one page long, most CVs are at least two pages long, and often much longer.