CV writing isn’t something I learned at school, but seriously wish I had. There are a lot of important life skills you don’t learn in school, but are expected to just know as an adult. I didn’t actually need a CV for my first job as a potwash in a small country pub. It was an ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know’ situation.
As I grew up and started applying for retail jobs, my mum and sister helped me put something together on Microsoft Word, but it just wasn’t me. It did the job, but it wasn’t something I was overly impressed with.
Now, I’m applying for placements at University and in a years’ time, I’ll be applying for jobs that may well be my career, or at least guide me into it.
I’ve created myself a CV that I’m proud of and I want to share a few tips with you and suggestions for layouts.
- Canva.com is your best friend – I use Canva a lot for my blog, and they have 1,000’s of templates, including resume templates. I found a layout I liked and customised it for myself.
- Colour – You have to remember a lot of people are going to be applying for the job you’re going for. You need your CV to stand out, but still look professional. We aren’t talking bold bright colours that look like you made it on paint (trust me I’ve seen some like that), but perhaps throw a pastel shade in to brighten it a little. My CV is dark grey, white and a touch of pastel pink.
- Font – for the love of god just don’t use Comic Sans or Times New Roman. I use Lora, but I also suggest fonts like Calbri or Arial. Simple but still look great.
- First things first your name – Put your name at the top and make it clear. You want them to remember you.
- Pages – One is best, two at a push. You’re not handing over your entire life story, just the important bits. Remember that what’s important to you may not be important to them, so think about what is relevant.
- Layout – Here is an example of how I set out my CV.
That’s all of my CV tips, other than don’t stress! You may feel like you’re blowing your own trumpet… well… you are babe. You need to in order to present yourself as a confident person ready to tackle the job.
If you’d like to see more tips like this, like a media kit guide or how to write a cover letter, let me know!