No matter how good the content of your CV is, the first thing a potential employer is going to notice is the layout.
Your CV should aim to impress from first glance, which is why we’ve compiled these tips to help you set out your CV:
Firstly, list your past jobs from your last or current job (make it clear which) to your earliest job. Listing your past jobs chronologically makes it easier to for employers to understand how much experience you have and how you’ve progressed throughout your career. If there any gaps in your employment history, it might be a good idea to explain them, for example by putting down when you went on a gap year or had to take time off to look after family.
Putting your skills in a separate section can make it easy to tell how qualified you are for a job without having to look at your CV in depth, which is important if the job you’re applying for is looking for a very particular skillset, such as experience with specific software. Having a separate skills section also knowledge gained outside of work through volunteering or hobbies etc.
Giving a short description of yourself can help potential employers understand how you’d fit into their company, and also give you the opportunity to explain what qualities you have that make you suitable for the role, but don’t forget to tailor it to the job you’re applying for.
All the time and energy you put into your CV is wasted if your CV is unreadable. When laying out your CV make sure that the font is big enough to read easily, that’s there’s enough white space to make the different sections of the CV clear, and avoid using “interesting” fonts.
Don’t go overboard on details. Your CV should be around one to two pages long, unless you have a lot of relevant experience. Prioritise what you need to put in, with experience and qualifications being the most important, and irrelevant information like hobbies or interests coming last.
Set your CV out with as much attention as you’d want a potential employer to look at it with.