3 Top Tips On CV, Resume Presentation To Help You Land That Perfect Job

When you are looking for a new job you will undoubtedly have to produce an updated CV or resume as part of the application process. These are relatively short documents that on the one hand are easy to put together but on the other they are quite complex and easy to get wrong.

One of the first things to consider when putting a new resume or CV together is its presentation. The substance of it will also matter obviously but if it is not presented well then this can work against any good substance you have there and result in you not getting the job.

Our 3 top tips for getting the presentation of your CV and resume to a sufficient standard are as follows:

1. White space – you want to make the job of reading your CV/resume as easy as possible for the recruiter and one of the ways you can do this is to ensure there is plenty of white space on the page.

CV’s/resumes that try to cram as much in as possible and present themselves as one large block of text are very difficult for a recruiter to consider. Less is more when it comes to CV’s/resumes and you should therefore ensure that they are set out in clearly defined and headed sections and have plenty of white space in the margins and around the text on the page.

2. Use bullet points – following on from the last point you can drastically affect the presentation of the CV/resume by using bullet points for the entries. This will naturally mean there will be more white space on the page and it should encourage you to make succinct points rather than ramble on in long paragraphs.

Try to use a single bullet to cover a single point and try to express them in terms of the skills you have gained from your experience and an example of your experience to demonstrate each skill.

3. Fonts – it is important to tailor your CV/resume to the type of industry you are applying to and this includes the fonts you use. If it is a profession then you should be looking to use white or cream paper with black traditional fonts such as times new roman or arial to give your application that professional feel.

Do not be tempted to use colored paper and fancy fonts to stand out from the crowd as this will often work against you unless you are applying for a job in a particularly creative industry.