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How to Write an Effective CV

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Create a CV that gets results
Create a CV that gets results

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. As your official introduction, your CV format should look its professional best.

Keep in mind that a CV should be:

  • A well-presented, selling document
  • A source of interesting, relevant information
  • A script for talking about yourself

Before CV writing begins, research a few CV examples. The CV tips below demonstrate how to create a CV visually appealing and effective.

  • Generally, CVs are two pages in length; CV Summaries are one page.
  • Print your CV in black ink on high quality white paper. That goes for cover letters as well.
  • Use an easy to read CV format; peruse sample CVs for design ideas
  • Do not make margins too wide or too narrow
  • Choose a CV format that allows you to headline key achievements
  • Information that shows you’re a great fit for the job should be placed toward the top
  • Use bold type appropriately. Use underlining sparingly, if at all.
  • Arial and Times New Roman are standard typefaces on most business computers. Avoid unusual typefaces.
  • Use a font size of 11 points or above
  • Edit lengthy paragraphs until they are concise and read fluidly
  • Include detailed contact information on the first page
  • Start employment history with your current or most recent job and work backwards
  • Combine long-form copy with logically placed, thoughtfully written bullet points
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