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A Guide To An Excellent CV – Part 2

So welcome back and thank you again for joining me for the second part of CV excellence.

Saturday morning, the sun is shining and I have the fortunate task this morning of writing for you wonderful people.

CV like them or loth them, but never underestimate the importance of getting it right. During our last blog I gave you an introduction as to who am I, why I chose this blog and problems I see that people have with creating a Curriculum Vitae.  I also hopefully gave you an idea as to why I am qualified to write about this topic and I also asked you to review your existing CV, which I hope you did?

There are a number of key ingredients in creating an excellent CV, but most of them fall under two very important distinctive headings which are Layout & Content, layout we will cover today.  Layout is the visual impact & aesthetics of the CV, in simple terms when the soft copy of your CV is opened or a hard copy of you CV passes onto a reviewers desk it must automatically please the reader’s eye and subconsciously lure him/her to engage & read this fine specimen of a document, it can NOT be a chore or you will end up in the bin!

The Layout/Sequence I find most effective & logical, based on experience and feedback from both candidates and employers is as follows,

Soft Copy attached to an email

  • I always advise job seekers to submit their CV as a pdf, as it comes across as a more professional document submittal when the email is opened.
  • The CV should be saved as Name & Occupation CV (example: Clive Dunne Operations Manager CV)

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Actual CV

  • Sequence:
    • CV Title
    • Personal Details

cv title




  • Summary Section paragraph (5-6 lines max written in the third person) followed by skillset bullet points
  • Qualifications/Education










  • Career History (in sequence starting with most recent)
  • Prior Career History

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  • Additional Details

cv excerpt





As you can see from the previous sections of CV shown, there are clean lines and indentations in the document as you scan through it and a logical sequence to the layout and most importantly it’s pleasing to the reader’s eye.

You might ask why I use yellow, well yellow is the one colour that gets noticed most.

“Yellow – is the most visible color and is the first color the human eye notices! Yellow, the color nearest to “light” leaves a warm and satisfying impression, lively and stimulating and in many cultures symbolizes deity. Dark yellow can be oppressive while light yellow is breezy. Yellow’s stimulating nature and high visibility to the eye is the reason why many road signs are bold yellow (contrasted by black text). Yellow birds, flowers and skies are sure to be eye-catchers just because of the way the mind and eye works”

I hope you have enjoyed this session and found it informative and helpful, next session we will cover content

Have a great weekend.