What better way to start the week than by getting motivated to make a change within your life? My CV and having to redesign is something that I have put off for a long time. I love the design element but I hate writing out my personal profile and job descriptions. I recently left my job (read about it here) and to get back into the swing of interviews, I decided that I should change my CV and give it a refresh.
There is a lot of advice online about the rights and wrongs in relation to CV’s and their presentation. I found alot of people selling templates, yes they look nice but you DO NOT need to spend money in order to make your CV look professional and stand out to potential employers. Bear in mind there are slightly different expectations for CV’s for each different industry, for example design or industries that require a portfolio. I have a business background and I feel my CV is suitable for this industry. In no way shape or form am I a recruitment expert, but from the research I have carried out this is what I like to do and have success getting interviews.
These points were my main concerns when redesigning my CV. If you don’t know what you want to achieve beforehand you can get a little lost. I definitely recommend looking online for inspiration.
- Easy to read
- Highlight main points quickly
- Unique layout – capture readers attention
- Target CV to specific role – alter for each application
- Keep to one page if possible
- Position specific info – Driving Licence
- Bullet point previous role include specific info – achievement stats
The CV’s above show the before and the final version once I was happy with it. My CV before was okay but it is a very common template. My new one encompasses features that make it unique and eye-catching. The professional profile I tweak for every application to ensure it fits with the criteria of the role. It is still a basic CV, but much more effective. I have seen loads of CV’s with really nice designs and colours, but I feel this approach is more appropriate for other industries.
Do you have any tips for CV’s leave a comment below!