When you are writing a CV you automatically worry about the content. You want it to be packed with information that is both relevant and exciting. However it’s not just the content of your CV – the design and look is also vital.
The age old saying ‘never judge a book by its cover’ is unfortunately not true during the job application process. If you send a CV directly to an employer then all they have to look at is your CV and work history – nothing else. You will not have met them or spoken to them so their decision to invite you to an interview will usually be made from what your CV reads like.
The reason visuals are so important is because you could have the best content in the world, but if it looks messy and busy then it is probably not going to appeal to the reader. If your content is amazing, there is no point in having it there if the employer is not attracted enough to pick it up!
So what does your CV design say about you? We’ve listed a few examples below;
- Busy/cluttered = disorganised
- Bright colours = outgoing and bold
- Simplistic = not creative
- Spelling errors = no attention to detail
- No layout = not thorough
To ensure this isn’t the impression your CV gives off try to;
- Keep the CV linear
- Line up all of the text and ensure it looks neat
- Don’t write too much
- Keep it concise
- Proof read
- Consider the layout of the CV by using CV templates and designing a be-spoke application