The 4 Commandments Of A Stellar CV

The 4 Commandments Of A Stellar CV

curriculum vitae or resume

Your CV is one of the most important documents you will ever have to produce. Simply having a qualification from a reputable institution or incredible references is not enough to cut it. You need to show extreme attention to detail because employers receive hundreds of CV’s for one job post.

Here are 4 things you need to keep at the top of your mind as you compile your CV and guess what? These are applicable to any industry!

  1. Consistency is Key in every section– Graduates seem to struggle with keeping the same look and feel throughout the document. This is especially with referees. See example below:

Company: SV

Position: Account Executive

Duration: 5 May 2017- 5 May 2018

Duties: Managing the day to day relationships with clients


Position: Account Manager

Company: IBM

Duration: 10 months

Duties: Sourcing new clients for company

Three things are wrong with this candidates CV:

  • First reference information is bolded while the second one isn’t, and the fonts are inconsistent.
  • Duration on the second reference does not stipulate dates like the first company.
  • The order of the applicants’ details are also inconsistent.
  1. Your name and contact details (email or phone number) should appear at the bottom or top in every page- Upon receiving your CV, some employers will need remove staplers to go through the document properly.

Having your name and contact details on every page may save you should any of your information goes missing.

  1. Don’t waste money using colour pages for your CV- Granted, every graduate wants to stand out and make a great first impression with their CV but using colour pages will not put you at any advantage.

In fact, employers hate this phenomenon so save your money to send more applications to potential employers.

  1. Don’t use over the top fonts like Coria New or Abadi Extra Light because some of them are not readable and it may cause your CV to be overlooked

We suggest Arial or New Times Roman because they are professional and the standard fonts many organizations use. A CV is not a love letter!

Leave us a comment on the comments section below to let us know what you struggle with the most when writing your CV and we’ll give you all the tips you need for a job securing CV.

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