Your CV needs to be professional and polished, because if you don't have a professional CV, your application materials probably won't get a second glance from any hiring manager. A good CV should be easy to read – avoiding tiny fonts, dense blocks of text, vague language or excessive jargon, and inconsistent formatting.
Professional (and Unprofessional) CVs
We've seen CVs that are riddled with typos, inconsistent - bullets in some places, dashes in others, bold in some headings, plain text in others. One of the worst examples of a supposedly professional CV is using bright coloured paper as a background.
A professional CV must be free of any errors, including typos or grammatical mistakes.
However you choose to format your CV, be consistent. For instance, if you use bullet points to describe your responsibilities and achievements at one position, be sure to use bullet points on all other positions as well. And make sure that the bullet points are formatted the same way throughout.
Legibility is also important. You want hiring managers to be able to easily read and absorb your work history and accomplishments. Use legible fonts and make sure that there is enough white space on the page to make it easy to scan. Use white or cream-colored paper - and never bright coloured paper when sending your CV.
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