It turns out, there are a lot of ugly CVs being used out there.
When I was hiring designers a couple of months ago, I received an influx of resumés. Most of them were like works of art. You can imagine – eager designers keen to make an impression. Some were a little bizarre, but most were great. Designers have a real knack for effectively conveying information in a visually appealing way.
When I was hiring non-designers (developers and social media marketers), their resumés were a completely different story. Microsoft Word, Times New Roman, black text, dull, dull, dull.
Employers can often get over 100 applications and they don’t love the idea of having to go through all those CVs. Applicants need to stand out from the pack. They need a CV that screams ‘read me!’ so submitting a boring old Word Doc is doing yourself an injustice.
There are online resources that provide ‘templates’ – but if you don’t have exactly the same amount of text as the template permits, it will throw out the entire layout.
A few of my clients have commissioned me to redesign their CV and have been very pleased with the results, so I thought I’d offer a service for those who want a kick-ass CV. The layout will be designed to accommodate your information and include a number of infographics to convey key points. All vital information will be seen by potential employers upon first glance.
Here are my top 3 tips for a CV that reads well:
- Easy to read (appropriate font size, leading, headings and subheadings)
- Minimal number of ‘chunky’ paragraphs (think of more effective ways to communicate the information such as bullet points or infographics)
- Colour, but not too much (1-2 colours to help information pop)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to create your sexy new CV today.