There are so many CV templates out there for you to choose from and help make your CV look professional and modern. Canva has great free templates if you are on a budget. Make sure you don’t get overwhelmed with all the choices and waste time on choosing the perfect template. The important thing is that your CV is up to date, concise, perfectly formatted and has no spelling mistakes. If in doubt always keep it simple.
Recruiters see hundreds of CVs every day so make sure your CV stands out because of your skills, not because it is pink with pretty pictures!
Focus on two things when updating or creating your CV; CV Content and CV Presentation.
Use the below checklist to help you.
|CV Content:||CV Presentation:|
|Technical skills/ core competencies (optional)||Keep it concise|
|Profession experience and work history||Save it as a PDF|
Things NOT to include on your CV in 2020
- CV title: CV/Curriculum Vitae
- Full home address: You can add a city or part of the postcode
- A picture or a head shot: It is not common practice in the UK
- Date of birth: Your age doesn’t affect your ability to do the job and it’s illegal for employers to ask about your age under the Equality Act 2010
- Marital status: Your marital status and dependents, same as your age, don’t affect your ability to do your job. These details are protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010 and it’s against the law for employers to ask about them, so don’t include them on your CV