In a future post we will be looking at ‘Are Professional CV Writing Services Worth It?’, the power of a good quality CV and how CV writers can be a great way to help you achieve your CV goals. However, not everyone needs or wants a CV writer so for those of you who are ready to go it alone and need to some help with the DIY option, this one is for you! In this post we take a look at how CV templates can be a top CV writing tool and another key player in your CV toolkit.
CV templates are a great place to start, especially if you are a novice but they aren’t all good news. The benefits of using a CV template are that you have a clear and succinct guide that you can use to ‘fill the gaps’. This means that you won’t be at too much risk of sending out a document that is formatted poorly or missing key header information. The downside however is that using a bog standard office template can look a little dull and the recruiter can end up with hundreds of CVs that all blend in to one. To get a stand out CV it is imperative that you tailor it to the purpose or field of work. If you are going for an office or secretarial job then an office template might be the perfect place to start, just make sure you add a little something of yourself. It may be a splash of colour or (basic) imagery, a good-looking table etc but it will mean that your CV stands out a little whist showing off your ability to create great looking word documents which may well be something the employer has stated on their job spec for an office role.
If you are going for a creative role or a role within a creative industry however, a Microsoft template simply won’t make the grade. Part of selling yourselves in this kind of role is showing how creative you can be and a basic template shows a lack of initiative. Use the headers to give you some inspirations by all means but consider creating the CV itself from scratch. Tools such Adobe’s Illustrator and InDesign can help to give you the edge when it comes to producing something that makes you jump of the page right into that job role. Consider colours and fonts really carefully, although you do want to show off your design skills for a creative role it is also key to remember that the main purpose of the CV is to provide the reader with key information about yourself and it won’t succeed in doing this if the content is lost within the design.
There are Video CV’s, CV websites and many other ways to present yourself so take a look around for some examples of CV’s that really shout out at you before you decide on how to proceed. Think about using a tool like Grammarly to help ensure you have the basics covered. And don’t forget, no matter how you produce your document pop it in to PDF format before you send it as it will be no use sending it if the person on the other side can’t open it!
The key to using CV templates in your CV toolkit? Tailor it to your audience!