Quick tips: what NOT to include on your CV template
Knowing what to include in your CV is important, but equally as important is knowing what not to include. With so many applications being sent for just the one role you can’t afford to make any errors, so it’s vital that you stay clear of these common CV mistakes:
Resist the urge to use too much colour
When writing your CV template you might get the urge to be a little creative and add a splash of colour, and whilst this may not be a bad idea it really does depend on how subtle you decide to be. If you are really dead set on using colour on your CV then try to be very careful. Go for lighter colours like blues, greens and yellows, and be careful with more aggressive colours like red.
Blue can work well for your headings and subheadings font, whilst yellow and green can work well as a background colour. Try not to overdo it and always be careful when adding colour to your CV.
In most cases when done correctly you can make a huge difference to the way it looks and increase your chances of impressing the employer. If done incorrectly you could completely ruin your chances altogether, so if you have any doubts then go for the safer option of just black and white.
Don’t use long paragraphs
Although the CV format allows for 2-3 pages to be used, you shouldn’t get too carried away with long sentences and paragraphs. Everything should always be short and to the point, ensuring every word on the page is relevant and focused upon what the employer would want to see.
The hiring manager will typically only spend about 30 seconds to a minute reading each CV, so if you decide to write long sentences and paragraphs they might just get bored and put yours down before they’ve realised how well suited you are for the role. Use bullet points as often as possible, especially for listing tasks and responsibilities in your employment history section.