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Light blue creative CV template

Our light blue CV template has an eye catching header that makes an impression - and then the remaining parts of the CV have smart headings and dividing lines but no graphics, to ensure your information packs a punch. This is a great CV template choice if you're looking for something with a bit of design flair but you don't want to be restricted on how much information you cna enter. It's very easy to remove the photo if you'd rather not include one - just open the file in Microsoft Word, click on the photo element and hit the delete key.

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If you want your CV to make a great impression but you don't want too many fancy elements or restrictions on how much you can write, this light blue CV template is for you. Easily customisable in Microsoft Word, this template has an optional placeholder for a photo which is easy to edit out if you'd rather not provide one.

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3 things to avoid when writing your CV

When it comes to writing a CV it’s equally as important to know what not to put in your CV than it is what to include. Here’s our quick guide of what to avoid when writing your CV…

Spelling mistakes and grammatical errors

One of the most common mistakes to make in a CV, and probably the most annoying from the readers perspective. You’d be surprised how often mistakes still appear in a CV, and when the hiring manager has so many to look and choose from, if yours has even just one silly error it could mean your CV is dumped straight onto the ‘no’ pile.

Don’t just rely on your word processing document to check the spelling for you, as it can often be incorrect for a number of reasons. For example, you might have the wrong language setup in your word processing settings. English and US words are often spelt differently, and it will look very strange if your CV is using the wrong spelling.

Grammatical errors are also sometimes hard for the word document to find, and I often find myself disagreeing when it suggests to change words like ‘there’ into ‘their’, and another common one is ‘its’ into ‘it’s’.

Sure, using the spellcheck tool is the first place to start, but you must follow that up with the naked eye – and check it numerous times, not just once. Finally, pass it along to at least two other people to check further and ideally they also may be able to help you with the content too for an added bonus.

Your CV should not be too generic

Don’t be lazy when it comes to writing your CV and fall into the trap of making it too generic. Your CV has to be written and tailored to the role/industry you are applying for. If for some reason you are applying for numerous different roles, then you should still create different CV’s that are custom written for each application.

Applying with a generic CV will not help an employer identify you as the right person for the job, and it will just make it hard for them to see through the content to find out what you can offer. On the other hand, a CV which is perfectly tailored to the role and industry will stand out from the rest and give you the very best opportunity of gaining an interview.

Within just a few seconds the reader wants to see if you have what it takes to join their company. Depending on what they are after, it could be the right skills, qualifications, experience, knowledge etc. If you hide this relevant and vital information amongst lengthy nonsensical statements and paragraphs, you are just making it hard work for no reason.

Keep the CV focused on the role and highlight all of the relevant skills, qualifications and experience that the company has either requested or you know they will want and expect to see of a successful candidate.

Avoid using clichés

‘I have great communication skills…’ 

Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing to include in your CV, using cliché words and statements are not a great idea if you are unable to backup them up with achievements and results.

The recruitment manager can’t unfortunately trust that you have great communication skills – and why should they when they’ve never met you?! So the best way to help them decide is to highlight previous skills and tasks that you’ve performed which would require great communication skills.

However, highlighting previous roles and situations where your communication skills were put to the test isn’t still enough, and achievements and results are what’s needed here. Merely stating you were a waitress isn’t enough to show off your communication skills. You might have been a bad waitress for all they know, however if you were the highest tip earner on a regular basis, then this is what the recruiter wants to know.

By presenting the reader with this information you’ve instantly built up a positive picture in their mind of how you conduct yourself. If you were consistently earning lots of tips then you were clearly a good communicator!

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