If you haven’t got the time or the inclination to update your CV fully, then a quick check of the formatting and presentation can go a long way to improving your CV’s success rate (although ideally a full edit would be preferable!)

So to get a quick fix for your CV, the first thing you need to do is print it out and check the following:

  • Does it cover at least 2 pages and no more than 3 pages?
  • Is there a reasonable sized margin around the edge? (Between 1.8cm ¬†and 2.6cm)
  • Have you used a font that’s easy to read? (Arial, Calibri, Garamond)
  • Are different sections clearly defined by bold headings and not underlining?
  • Are paragraphs and bullets uniformly aligned?

If you’ve answered ‘no’ to any of the above questions then you need to work on your CV until you can change that answer to yes!

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to all of the above then your CV presentation sounds pretty good…which means you can instead spend some time looking at the content, checking for spelling mistakes and grammar errors, and improving your ‘sales pitch’.

Good luck!

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