Tips For Laying Out Your CV

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Published: 21 Oct 2016      

We’ve taken a look at how to write your CV in the past to ensure you get the information you need in there and in a format that will appeal to potential employers. However, for some this may not be enough to help them craft the ideal CV, as the layout is often just as important as the information contained in the document. A poor layout may obscure the most relevant information in the CV or could lead to it being so cluttered that impatient employers skip over it entirely.

If you want to avoid that situation we recommend that you do the following to ensure you CV is clear, concise and easy to read.

Use Empty Space

A lot of people will look at empty space on their CVs and think that it needs to be filled because it is an indicator that there is nothing to fill that space with. This is certainly not the case. Well-used empty space can break up the information on your CV, so employers don’t have to try and decipher a wall of text that can be confusing at the best of times. Make use of empty space widely to create separation between the different sections of your CV and make it easier on the eyes.

Relevant Education

Those using this website will likely be applying for roles in the medical profession, which means they will have undergone extensive educations. Keep this in mind when laying out the education portion of the CV. If you have been to medical school you really don’t need to be telling potential employers about how many GCSEs you have passed. Keep it relevant instead of trying to list every single academic achievement possible.

Highlighting The Information

Now we don’t mean literally highlighting the information here, but you need to lay your CV out in such a way that the most important information is placed front and centre. Your CV will likely be broken down into segments, so you need to consider what you most want the employer to read in each one. Your education segment should lead with the most relevant course you have completed, while your skills segment should discuss the talents you have that are directly beneficial to the role you are applying for, perhaps with some detail about how they can be applied. Think about what you would want to read as an employer and don’t make anybody who reads the CV have to search for the most relevant information.

Consider The Basics

Print a copy of your CV out and actually look it over. Is the typeface so small that it is difficult to read? Does the font lend it a childish quality (we’re looking at you Comic Sans)? You will need to make your CV as accessible as possible while still getting all of the information in there, which is a difficult balance to strike. Don’t attempt to do it by making text small, pushing information together or using any other techniques that make it clear you have struggled to lay it out.

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