Creating the perfect CV

Your CV is your first opportunity to impress a potential employer, so it is worth putting effort into and getting it just right. There are two main things to look at when editing your CV – what it looks like and how it reads.

The formatting should be neat and consistent. Choose a font that is easy to read and use it for the main text, perhaps opting for a slightly fancier font for the headings if you wish. The colour should be black although a splash of colour in the headings is also acceptable. Ensure that the margins are symmetrical, indents are consistent and the line spacing does not fluctuate between paragraphs.

When it comes to the content, you need to aim for around a page and a half to two pages. With some clever adjustments such as the margins, font size and spacing, you can squeeze quite a bit of information onto each page but if your CV runs over several pages you will have to lose some of the content. Often the job history is far more detailed and repetitive than it needs to be, so sometimes words can be lost from here. Some minor qualifications, if you have an extensive list, can also be omitted. There are several sections that should be included such as a personal profile written clearly and straight to the point, education, work history and hobbies and interests to show what sort of a person you are outside of work – we are not robots, after all.