Choosing a CV template

There are many 1000s of CV templates to choose from on the internet. The choice for the job seeker must be bewildering. In this article we will look to provide you with some sound advice on how to go about choosing the right template and what you should look out for. The good news is that you just need to follow a few common sense rules.

The CV template should allow the words to shine brightest

The guiding principle in choosing a CV template is that it is not the template itself you want to stand out. The template acts as a backdrop for the content. It is the content that is the most important part of your CV. The CV template should allow the words to be presented in an accessible and professional manner.  

Avoid gimmicky, over-designed CV templates

There is sometimes a tendency to think that the way to grab attention with a CV is to design it differently to anyone else. To have big bold design features, infographics and multiple colour schemes. This is a mistake. A recruiter will always give your CV a cursory read. However, they are not looking for design skills, they want to see written evidence of your achievements. 

Use a common-sense approach

Make sure the headings are clearly and correctly labeled and stand out against the rest of the CV. This important so that the reader can navigate their way around easily to the different sections. Use a logical approach to the order of sections. You want all the important information to go on the first page. Make sure there is sufficient white space so the CV doesn’t look cramped and use a minimum point size of 11.

Reference your final CV against the original template

Your CV is likely to undergo many tweaks and changes as you write it. It is very easy for the formatting and presentation to suffer as a result. Compare your CV against the original version to make sure the formatting and presentation match.

So, don’t get worked up in trying to find a CV template. A good design works in the background allowing the words to take centre stage.

This article is written by Neville Rose, Director of CV Writers.

CV Writers, the official CV writing partner to Nautilus Jobs and provide a CV writing service including a Free CV review. They also publish Perfect CV, a professional CV writing toolkit that includes a professional CV template, video guides and a CV checking service.

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