A CV does not allow you to directly land a job. But if you create it successfully, it allows you to meet the recruiter for a job interview. Either way, it is certainly the most important document in your job application file. Here are the top tips for making a modern and effective curriculum vitae.
Choose a Simple Font for your CV
Some fonts are more appropriate for your CV than others. This is the case with the Calibri and Verdana fonts. Arial is also often used in CVs, and with good reason, because it is neutral and very readable. What is important in choosing a typeface is that it is clear and easy to read, both on screen and in print. So, stick to one for the entire document. Regarding the size of the font, we often find 12 for the body of the text, a little larger for the title, the headings of sections and the functions performed. To draw attention to a few words, consider bold, forget italics, and banish all capital letters. Avoid fanciful fonts and bet on sobriety! That is the best way to create a modern CV.
Opt for Airy Design Elements
Adopting a soft, Apple-style design really helps bring out the content of a CV, according to some recruiters. We recommend using geometric shapes to stand out. You can add horizontal or vertical lines, for example, bullets, or even frames or a backdrop. But you have to choose and limit yourself to one or two elements. For instance, you can separate each section of your CV with a horizontal line. Place the title of your CV, your name, number, email and your hook in a box. Or, use bullet points for each work experience. It shouldn’t be too heavy. The recruiter must find it fluid and subtle. You shouldnot be afraid to leave some blank.
Avoid too many Colours on your CV
To embellish a CV, many candidates add colours to it. Either, for the font, or in solid, for boxes. It is not bad, but you should not overdo it.Choosing a colour for your resume can be a good idea, but you still have to choose one that is readable if it is applied to the font (no yellow) and consistent with the targeted position (no fluorescent pink for a position in a bank). This is why, to prevent candidates from making bad choices, some specialists strongly advise against colouring a CV.