Small Details That Boost Your Professionalism in Your CV

“The devil is in the details” they say, and it’s true. It usually takes someone with a discerning eye to put in extra effort and make the small details of their project as perfect as possible. It’s usually these people who draw success to their brand, image or product. Their customer feels they are being offered something of quality. The customer trusts the brand and the product, as time was carefully invested to make their experience as easy or enjoyable as possible

Sounds like I’m giving a presentation on marketing doesn’t it? Your CV does exactly the same thing. It’s a tool to market yourself and through it you create your personal brand. Sales are dependant on TRUST, your CV answers the employers question “Is this candidate trustworthy to do the job at hand at a good level?”

In fact your chances of your CV being overlooked is staggeringly higher if you don’t pay attention to the details as they make you look sloppy, and a candidate not worth investing in.

Email Address

Hands up if you still have an email you made back in school that you still use … I’m definitely guilty of this one. Most of us haven’t changed it because it just seems so inconvenient. But did you know a whopping 76% of employers ignore a CV with an unprofessional email address. So to those with cringe worthy “seksisammy_1991” or “2hot2handle” may want to reconsider setting up a new email address specially for job correspondence.

Domains such as Gmail and Outlook are completely free and you’ll have a new email address within minutes.
Ideas;

Name Combo

A variation of your first/middle/surname is always a winner. (Just make sure whatever combination you use doesn’t make a double entendre.)
Johnpdavis@
Jpdavis@
JohnPeterD@
JohnD@
Jdavis@
….. and the list goes on and on.

No Dates

Whatever you do, do not put the year you were born in the address .. its very easy to guess the age of someone with the email address “LindaC_1965@domain.com”

Name/Profession/City Combo

If your name has already been taken you can always mix in the aforementioned
JohnPwriter@
Jwriterkent@
Jpkent@
Kentwriterdavis@
Jpdkent@
etc ….

Readability – Conformity

If from a glance (which takes around a second) your CV appears messy and unorganised the employer won’t waste their time reading anything on it.

We recommend focussing on 2 things:

Margins – Let your words breathe and give them some space if things are looking too cramped, remember you have 2 pages worth of space to play with if need be.

Spacing – Needs to be consistent with ALL sections in your CV. Also consider the spacing between the lines within your paragraphs, consider spacing them out slightly so your words don’t look like they are suffocating over each other.

Font

There’s a lot of debate about this one … but if there’s one thing we can all agree on is that Comic Sans is the worst and screams “cheap” for your brand. Any font that appears childish or too artistic is out of the picture.

So long as the font is simple and readable and that’s widely you have a winner. This ensures your CV stays consistent and doesn’t change drastically when sending to potential employers.

Classics (serif fonts) – these include Cambria, Verdana, Garmond, Didot, Trebuchet MS,.. and the ever so controversial Times New Roman. Some employers enjoy the classic look because they are simple, clean concise.

Modern (sans serif) – However if you’re looking for a bit of modernity in your CV, sans-serif fonts offer a nice alternative without going too over the top, look for fonts such as Gill Sans, Lato, Helvetica, Avenir, Calibri.

Keep Hobbies Minimal

Here at CV Monkey we come across a wealth of CV’s that start to sound like a dating profile. I have been guilty of this in the past also, I thought that it would make me sound more personable and likeable to describe my interests, when in actual fact 72% of employers are more interested in your achievements. They see it as what your brand can offer them and whether you offer quality.

Hobbies are a good way to showcase discipline, extra skills and also show you have the initiative to have a life outside of work. But keep them bullet pointed and avoid sentences and anything descriptive.

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