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Best Practice for CV Design and Layout

The first thing to consider is the aesthetic quality of your CV and opinions are often divided on this one. Some say you should always keep to a traditional non-experimental style using the standard Times New Roman font and you should not include any graphics or designs that will distract the employer from the core information.

Alternatively however it is always good to have a theme or style that catches the reader’s eye especially if the job you are applying for is in computer design, marketing or another creative field. A good overall guide would be to try and be conservatively creative.

In essence the first factor to get right is the typing of your CV this has to be picture perfect. If you want to add a few quirky touches then people sometimes use a different font for typing their name to make it stand out. Consider using Copperplate or Mistral if you want to add this effect.

The next thing to do is write out a rough plan for the layout of your CV. You will need to divide it up into different sections but because the overall length is restricted to no more than two pages you cannot afford to start a new page for every separate topic. So using a line in between your educational details and your work experience will clearly show that you are moving onto a new topic.

For each section heading you can use bold and contrasting text to differentiate it as a heading. For example, use Tunga Bold for the headings and Times New Roman Regular for the ensuing text. Try to stick to a standard font that is available on every computer to avoid a situation where an emailed CV may print off differently on another computer that doesn’t have your chosen Font and this will alter the entire look and layout of your CV.

Don’t make the mistake of putting too much information on a page which makes the page look crowded or squeezing all the information in by making the Font size too small to be easily read. You will have to be very meticulous about what information to include in as few words as possible.

Also your CV should have a start, a middle and an end so you need to keep to the same structure and theme throughout, do not change your Font or Text size at any stage except for headings, do not have a different lay-out on the second page. In essence make your CV appear effortlessly professional and a document that was designed by someone who is efficient and very capable.