Make your CV look and sound great!

Applying to jobs through online recruitment websites such as Akhtaboot is a very competitive process as you are actually competing with numerous job seekers to land the same position. Hiring managers usually receive thousands of CVs and it can take days if not weeks to go through them one by one to find the person for their vacancies. In the first instance, it is your CV that will put you ahead of other candidates and get you the interview, where you can show your suitability for the job. That’s why it’s really important that you give your CV the same attention you give to the way you look and speak. Akhtaboot provides you with some CV formatting tips to follow when writing an impressive CV.

Avoid Big Blocks of Text
When describing your job responsibilities, big blocks on a CV are hard to read. Write short digestible sound bites with preferably two lines for each responsibility. Use an easy-to-read bulleted list to show rich examples of how you have helped the company you supported make money, save money or save time. To make sure your CV passes the initial scan by machine or person, make sure to include all the important keywords in your CV related to the position or industry of interest.

Avoid Tiny Font Sizes
Avoid using a font smaller than 10-point on your CV as this will make it hard to read, especially when it is in print. If you’re trying to fit more text onto one page, try re-adjusting the margins or use another font type. A 12-point font is perfect for hiring manager to read your CV easily and with no stress. Keep in mind that no one will take the time to get out their magnifying glass to read your CV.

Avoid Using Fancy Fonts 
Some fonts are more difficult to read than others. Stay away from fonts that look like script or artwork. Avoid uncommon fonts that may display differently on the receiver’s end. Arial, Times New Roman and Trebuchet MS are generally safe choices. Make sure that when hiring managers give your CV a quick look, they will be able to know what you are looking for in the first seven seconds!

Spacing is Key
Spacing is one of the top factors that contribute to creating an impressive CV. Make sure to leave consistent and proper spacing between company names, different job roles and different sections. Being consistent makes it easier for the reader to spot key breaks and major sections in your CV.

Keep it Short and Sweet
As a general rule of thumb, if you are under 30 years old, your CV should be from one to two pages long. Hiring managers don’t prefer long CVs with information that has nothing to do with the job. Remember that your CV is a snapshot of who you are; however keep it as brief and informative as possible without mentioning things that are unrelated or will harm you more than benefit you.

Writing an impressive CV is not that difficult. That said, the majority of CVs are usually dull, boring or too long. A good CV should be well written, straight to the point, neat and honest. It should not contain any spelling or grammar mistakes. After all, it’s a snapshot of who you are, so treat is as a major marketing tool.

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