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7 ways to correctly format your health care assistant CV
If you’re struggling to get an interview it could be down to your CV format. When happy that you have all the right skills, experience and qualifications, then the next place to look for a problem is how you are presenting your credentials.
We have a list of the most common CV formatting mistakes so you can ensure you get it right the first time. Here are 7 ways to correctly format your health care assistant CV:
Use adequate page margins
There isn’t an industry standard margin size that we could recommend as there are lots of different factors to consider. However, we can all safely say that if you use a large margin size then you are going to be leaving too big of a gap between your content and the end of the paper.
Alternatively, you shouldn’t use too small of a margin as it will look very strange if your content is right up close to the edge. So choose something sensible and allow yourself just the right amount of space to fill out your CV. To help you decide, a minimum of anything from around 1.27cm will typically be a sensible distance from the edge of the page.
Use correct spacing
Each section should be spaced appropriately so the employer can quickly navigate to anything they like. Too small of a space would bunch your information up and look unprofessional, whilst too many spaces takes up room and again looks weird.
Depending on the font style and size you should be okay with one or two spaces between each section. However, to make sure it looks good you should preview your CV and take a step back. Does it look right? Can you quickly move from one section to the next without having to think?
Use minimal contact details
Far too many CV writers are taking up valuable space at the top of the page by giving out too much personal information. You don’t have to give out three different mobile numbers along with two email addresses, or even your home address.
The only information you need to provide is your name, one email address and one contact number. As long as you are happy that the contact information will feed quickly and directly to you, then nothing else matters. The employer is happy that they know who you are and how to contact you. It doesn’t matter at this stage where you live, how tall you are, and what religious beliefs you hold. Not only that, but it takes up valuable space and pushes your personal statement further down the page – which looks a little odd.
Use bullet points
Bullet points are always the preferred method when listing key pieces of information – like tasks and responsibilities, skills, qualifications and so on. If you don’t make good use of bullet points it will read like a novel.
The employer wants to skim read your CV and not spend any longer than a few seconds or minutes. With so many other applications to read you need to create a CV format that allows the reader to quickly delve in and out and extract exactly what they want. Bullet points are easy to read and ensure you keep the information relevant and to the point.
Correct page transitions
The transition from one section or paragraph to the next must not be split between your pages. If this does happen it means you need to tweak your font size or figure out how you can end a section correctly.
A good example of this is when the CV begins to explain a role and continues that information over the page. The job seeker could have instead decided to move those details over to the next page, rather than split it into two. It can look untidy and could catch the eye of the hiring manager, for all the wrong reasons. They would prefer to see everything formatted correctly and kept to individual pages. If you have to split across pages, try using a continuation header, e.g. “Work history (continued)”.
Use the correct file format
The most common application to use when writing a CV is Microsoft Word. Choosing another program could result in difficulty when it lands in the hiring manager’s inbox. They want to simply double click your file and get reading, so any prevention to this simple task could lead to rejection.
Make sure you read any requests on the job advert in relation to file format. If you don’t adhere to a specific request you are already showing your lack of attention to detail. You should never do anything that could lead to frustrating the employer.
Use an appropriate file name
A simple but effective way to name your CV file is this – John_Smith_CV.doc
You don’t need to name your file anything else, and it helps the hiring manager if they are saving CV files onto their desktop in a folder. Remove words like ‘draft’, ‘V2’, ‘My CV’, or anything else that doesn’t come across as professional.
If the job advert is sparse on detail, check out these health care assistant job profiles to see the sort of experience, skills and qualifications a typical employer will value. Don’t forget that every CV should be tailored to the exact role you’re applying for!
New to the profession? Watch this video to see what kind of work a health care assistant does:
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