In the first part of the review notes, I talked about Career Objective. I gave a guide with examples of how to achieve a proper Career Objective (as about 95%+ of the CVs I reviewed had poorly structured Career Objectives)
In this part of the CV Review Note, I’ll cover a subject that affects every aspect of your CV – Clarity.
Next week and the weeks to come, I’ll go through every section of the CV in turn and clarity has a major impact on the overall image of your CV.
Clarity has to do with neatness, understandability coherence, intelligibility etc.
-Avoid use of ambiguous words and phrases
-Arrange items properly (Page layout, Bullet point style and size, text alignment add to how well your CV is received)
-Use a readable font size and style
– Separate items properly and avoid clustering information (which most people do in a bid to have fewer pages on their CV)
– Avoid the use of too many bold characters (this could be distracting)
I understand it is really quite tasking to sit down and write about things you’ve done a while ago, so give yourself time. Perhaps use a day to work on each section of your CV and in a week you should be through.
Help the recruiters to understand your CV – arrange item properly, choose a readable font and space things properly.
Do you expect a recruiter to believe you are good at using MS Word (as stated on your CV) when you have submitted a CV that is poorly presented? – Poor use of bullet points, uneven lines and unreadable fonts. etc
Do you expect a recruiter to believe you have good communication skills when you have several grammatical errors on your CV as well as long and unclear phrases?
Please refer to our last CV illustration where it became evident that the value of the content of a CV is greatly reduced by poor clarity.
Please take the time and get it right.