The Perfect CV

The most important tool during your job hunt

Your CV or resume is probably the most important tool during your job hunt, so getting it right is absolutely essential. It is also one of the few aspects of the job search that you are in control of – your CV dictates whether or not you will be invited to interview so it must be able to sell both your skills and your experience. 

Your CV should not only summarise your qualifications, skills and experience but should also reflect key aspects of your personality that will help you to stand out from all other applicants. As well as utilising a profile at the top to highlight your particular skills, it is important to inject some of your personal qualities and strengths throughout so that your individuality is really emphasised.

Any specific achievements from your work, academic or personal life should be highlighted as these too reflect your personality and can demonstrate to any potential employers your proven ability to add value to a role. 

  • Use good quality paper that is not flimsy but not too thick either.
  • Typical photocopy paper is 80gsm. The ideal paper density of a CV should be between 100gsm and 120gsm; this will give it slightly more weight and make it stand out above the rest of the CVs. Be careful, anything with a higher density than 120gsm will make your CV feel like a thick card!
  • If you are applying by post, remember to get some equally decent envelopes. An amazing CV that arrives in a cheap envelope does not make a good first impression!
  • You can further improve the presentation of your CV by printing it on a cream or light cream paper as compared to the usual white sheet of paper. This has proven to be a quite effective CV marketing technique and again, will help your CV stand out from others. 
  • Be creative with your presentation and choice of font. Nobody wants to see Comic Sans, and Times New Roman is dated and boring, but a clean, sleek font gives a more tightened-up presentation, think about using one of these (and it should be one, never mix your fonts!)
  • Keep it to a maximum of two or three pages
  • In a recent survey by Reed, 91 % of employers/recruiters stated that TWO pages is the ideal CV length. Obviously, this might vary depending on your experience. If you’re just graduating, for example, chances are you won’t have as much to say as someone who’s been working in an industry for 30 years. Even so, you should always try stripping back to include only the main facts. If you can fit it on one page, then do it. If you can’t, two should generally be the maximum. 

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