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Quick Tips 005: CV Design

27 March 2017

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  • While solid design adds gravitas to a CV, nothing is more important than the content. Make your wording clean and concise first, because if you overwhelm the page, you’ll overwhelm the recipient. Remember, white space is your friend, not your foe.  
  • Use infographics, columns and lists to break up denser areas of text. Not only are they visually engaging, they highlight salient information in a way that’s easy to remember and reference at interview. Making a hiring manager’s life easier will serve you well.
  • Bringing in colour? Choose taupes, mints and powder blues. Light grey can also be used as a background for sections you want to emphasise. Loud shades may look exciting, but will only detract from your message, and obscure your font if printed in black and white.
  • Consider the orientation of your CV. Could landscape serve your graphic intention better? As well as offering a refreshing change from portrait, this position enables you to use more of the page, with less restrictions on headers, footers and margins.

Want more advice on your CV? Check out 5 Top Tips for Writing a CV

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