Appearances are everything – a guide to making your CV look great
The overall look and layout of your CV is the very first thing that a recruiter sees, and if it isn’t very easy on the eye then you have already lowered their expectations. With literally hundreds and sometimes even thousands of applications being sent for just one job, every single part of your CV has to be absolutely perfect – starting with the appearance.
Here’s our short guide on what to lookout for to ensure your CV stands out from the rest of the competition…
Presentation, structure and appearance
The layout, font size, structure and overall appearance of your CV is the first thing that a recruiter notices – and in most cases they don’t even realise that they are judging it! Every single detail of your CV will be scrutinised the second it’s picked up, and first impressions will make or break your chances.
There are lots of templates to choose from on the internet, but choosing the right one for you depends on many things. Selecting a CV template is a bit like choosing clothes, and everyone has different styles and tastes. Before you make your selection consider the following:
- Is it easy on the eye?
- Does the structure and layout make it easy to follow?
- Have I written too much or too little for each section?
- Is each section in the correct order?
- Does the font style and size look professional?
- Have I used two pages?
These are some great questions to ask yourself both before and after you’ve written your CV, and can be used as a checklist to try and ensure your CV looks fantastic and leaves a great first impression.