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Keep In Mind
This is the second post in our two-part How To Prepare A CV series. In our earlier post we
discussed simple design techniques you should adopt to make your CV more
visually appealing. Here are a few more tips that will ensure your CV is easy to read and
navigate through by employers/recruiters.




Capitalising On White Space
It’s very easy to forget about the aesthetics of your CV when you are so focused on content.
Once you have your content down on your CV, take a step back and assess the overall ‘look’
of your document. Does it look visually appealing? As mentioned in part one, de-cluttering
your CV is essential for keeping the recruiters engaged and your CV focused. Therefore to
aid in making it visually appealing and easy to read, be sure to create adequate space
between each paragraph/section/headings. Make sure your margins aren’t too narrow that
your words practically expand the entire width and length of the page. Leave a few spaced
between your headers and paragraphs/bullet points so as it doesn’t look cramped or
squashed.
Font
You want your CV to stand out for all the right reasons and one of the ways to make it look a
little different to all of the others is the typeface. When we write CV’s, cover letters or even
standard letters, we almost always use the computer’s default font style. Now imagine a
recruiter looking through hundreds of CV’s all in the same font – most likely Times New
Roman or Arial. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with these fonts, you want to
use every opportunity you can find to make your CV stand out. Now, don’t go crazy, I’m not
suggesting you use one of the those barely legible fonts such as Lucida Handwriting or even
a font like Comic Sans MS, which can be seen as amateurish. You want a typeface that is still
traditional but adds a bit of personality. Perfect examples would be Book Antiqua or
Georgia.

Highlighting Certain Words Or Headers
As mentioned earlier, to make it easier for recruiters to focus on the information talked
about in your cv, it needs to be easy to read and navigational. One of the ways to achieve
this is by highlighting certain bits of your cv using different styles, i.e. bold, italics, underline,
CAPS to allow recruiters to readily identify the areas they would want to read first or of most
importance to them. So examples of this would be, capitalizing or underlining the different
sections of your CV, e.g. “Education” and “Work Experience”. By doing this, recruiters can
jump around the CV without necessarily having to read from beginning to end. Italicizing
your achievements, either at university or during your positions held at work can also aid a
quick review but ensures that they stand out an get noticed.




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Description: This is the second post in our two-part How To Prepare A CV series. In our earlier post we discussed simple design techniques you should adopt to make your CV more visually appealing. Here are a few more tips that will ensure your CV is easy to read and navigate through by employers/recruiters.