This lesson showed me what I did right and what I did wrong. Now I can apply with a good CV, thank you.  - Undergraduate attending Sian's seminar

Tried and tested help to present a CV effectively

8th May 2012

The key to making sure that your CV attracts attention before the recruiter's brain is even taking in the content is: white space. 

As I stress in Chapter 3 of Nail That Job, the complete guide for the less- experienced jobseeker, please consider a tired recruiter working in dim light. Your CV has about 7 seconds to make an impact, so put the recruiter on your side by ensuring that your CV scans into their brain quickly and looks attractive. Attractive means: 

lots of white space, 

one, or at the most two, clear font styles,

consistency of headings, layout , spacing, underlining, font size,

correct spelling and punctuation,

no wasted words.

Make every word work hard for you by using a thesaurus ( a list of alternative words that you can use to get precisely the right shade of meaning) and nail precisely the right description of your many talents and skills. The English language has more words than any other language, so make good use of it on your sales brochure. 


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