Text Boxes

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We see a lot of CVs that make use of Text Boxes in Word – don’t do it!

They are a nightmare when you decide to change anything on your CV as they don’t obey the usual rules of formatting.

Whenever we get a CV in that uses text boxes we cut all the text (ctrl+x) and then use “edit>paste special”. Using this you can then paste the text as unformatted text and this gets rid of the boxes. If you can’t see Paste Special you may need to expand the menu by clicking on the arrow at the bottom of the menu.

Not only will this help when you make changes to your CV but it makes sure there are no problems when you upload it to job boards like Monster or CV Library. Their CV scanning software can sometimes get confused by the boxes and your CV ends up looking a mess!