There’s an art to writing a good CV. It has to present your information in the right way to catch the eye of potential employers. One way to make sure your CV stands out is to make sure it doesn’t make the same mistakes that many other CVs out there make.
Here are a few simple suggestions to help make sure your CV stands out for all the right reasons.
Graphics and photos in your CV
Studies have shown that HR managers don’t particularly like having pictures or other visuals in a CV. They often find them distracting and make it harder to find the information theyre looking for. So if you have a photo or other graphics in your CV, consider losing them before you send your CV off.
Large chunks of texts
Recruiters often receive multiple CVs for any job opening. When they’re making their initial selection of who to call for interviews, they want to have relevant information readily available on your CV.
To make sure you end up in the pile of CVs being called for an interview, don’t have large chunks of text in your CV. Keep the information short, to the point, and in bullet points.
Stick to one font
Using too many fonts in a CV can make a bad impression. It can convey an amateur and unprofessional feeling. It’s best to have one font for your entire CV.
If your applying for jobs well outside your local area it’s best not to include your home address in your CV as the distance you live away from the advertised job may rule you out in the hiring manager’s mind.
Your Email Address
You should absolutely include an email address, but you should make sure it’s the right email address. Don’t include your current work address, as this can make a bad impression. Use Gmail or a similar free email service to come up with an email address that won’t make a bad impression. Just make sure that the username is your full name and not something that you may think sounds cute or funny.
Don’t include skills in your CV that everyone in the 21st century should have, such as internet, Microsoft Word, or email. These are minimum skills that anyone applying for a job should know how to do. Listing them comes across as unprofessional.