Another satisfied customer

It’s always nice to get some good feedback!

“I am 100% happy with the CV, so thanks you for your efforts on this. Cvwrite will come highly recommended.” MH, Suffolk

We really ought to post this sort of thing more often.

Colour in your CV

We have always advocated not using colour in a CV as you run the risk of people having run out of ink or having a poor quality printer.

But we’ve had a change of heart on this one!

As printers have improved in quality, some colour can actually really improve a CV. It seems as well that people are far more diligent these days about keeping printers properly topped up with ink.

You still need to be careful though…

Don’t go overboard, keep it subtle so that presentation is enhanced and not overwhelmed (unless you are a graphic designer) and make sure that you use colours that will print well in black and white.

Capitalisation

May sound a bit odd this, but you should avoid using capital letters in your CV.

Why?

Well there are 2 reasons.

Firstly it is a bit SHOUTY to use capital letters in any kind of electronic communication, and your CV will be seen (certainly in the 1st instance) on a screen.

Secondly, the default setting on Word is to ignore capitalised words when you run spell checker. Many people use capital letters for headings on a CV and we are all so reliant on spell checkers nowadays that any errors are all too easily missed.

Use of the “Third Person”

This is when you talk about yourself in the “Third Person”, i.e. writing something in your profile like:

“Nick is a strong manager, admired by all his colleagues”

Trust me, it makes you sound unhinged.

Much better would be:

“A strong manager, able to lead teams in achieving goals”

Contact Details

We see many CVs that lack comprehensive contact details.

You need to make sure that your CV has the following:

1. Home number.

2. Mobile number.

3. Personal (as opposed to work) email address.

Recruiters need to get in touch with you in a variety of different ways and you need to make it as easy as possible for them.

It’s also worth checking that your voicemail is set up correctly and is personalised – that way they will know they have got through to the right person.