An alternative to our regular typeface template, this CV layout is sure to get your details noticed. The simpler font looks more professional, while the open border adds a quirky touch.
Three great tips on how to write the perfect CV
Writing the perfect CV takes a lot of time, effort and research. It doesn’t matter whether you are just leaving education and writing your first CV, or if you already have a CV and are just looking to update it before applying for another job – writing a CV requires your complete attention if you want to get it right.
Having all the right credentials and a ton of work experience will likely get you an interview. But do you really want to leave it to chance? And what if you don’t have all the requirements as stated on the job advert?
You should not leave anything to chance, and writing the perfect CV is a must if you want to gain an interview. With so many other great applicants all applying for the same position, your credentials may not be enough to get you through.
Here are some great tips to ensure you create the perfect CV…
Demonstrate your performance
You could be up against hundreds of other candidates who all have just as much experience, skills and qualifications as you do. Which inevitably means it comes down to who can impress the most with a unique CV.
One of the best ways to stand out from the rest is to provide examples of your performance. Don’t simply list your previous tasks and responsibilities, and instead you should provide clear evidence of your achievements. This could be in the form of numbers, sales stats, revenue, contract negotiated, successful marketing campaigns, created websites, and so on.
For more information on how to inject performance into your CV please read our fantastic article – How can my CV demonstrate my previous performance?
Use a simple layout
There is no need to over complicate your CV layout, and ensuring your application is easy to navigate is extremely important. Choose a professional font that is easy to read, and keep your CV to the standard two pages. Make sure there is just the right spacing between each section and that you use bullet points where necessary.
Bullet points are a great way to list off certain details. For instance, you could use bullet points to list off the tasks for a previous role. Keep each bullet point brief and relevant.
Don’t write a generic CV – do your research
You should always tailor your CV to the role you are applying for, even if you are applying for more than one role at the same time (and if they are the same job title). Every company, no matter how similar the role, is looking for something different. Each job advert will vary, and each company will always have a different take on a similar role. No two jobs are ever the same!
Once you understand what the company does, what their goals are, who their customers are and so on, you are in a much better position to write a CV. Also, don’t forget to use the job advert to extract keywords which can be used in your CV too.
Here’s – How to tailor your CV to the role.