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What layout should your CV have?

The layout of your CV is just as important as the content, follow our guide on how to layout your CV.


Everyone knows the importance of having an eye-catching CV. Your CV needs to say all the right things as well as having an easy-to-read layout that makes the recruiter want to know more about you. How hard can it be?

It can be very difficult to get a CV right. The best bet is to go for a classical CV layout, so you need to consider:

  • How easy it is to read? (The layout of the words on the page.)
  • Does it look professional? (Carefully choose the font and size.)
  • Is it too cramped on the page? (Make sure your spacing is even throughout.)
  • Do you have relevant headings? (Headings are great for breaking up lots of text, but make sure they relate to what you are talking about.)

Easy to read
Section headings, bullet points, paragraphs and listing your employment and qualifications in reverse chronological order can all help to make sure your CV is an easy read for your interviewer. Your section headings should be a different font/size to make sure they stand out against the rest of your text, which helps for interviewers to quickly refer to a specific part of your CV.

Choose a professional font and size; most people opt for Times New Roman in black and font size 12. However, you can also choose a serif font with tails, like Bell MT in black, or a sans serif font with no tails, such as Arial in black - the ideal font size is 12.

(They all offer a slightly different perspective, all of which can reveal information about you as a potential candidate.)

Page layout
However you choose to space your CV, make sure it is consistent throughout and doesn’t have too much white page or too much text.

Relevant headings
Stick to generic headings that describe what you discuss, don’t try to be smart and use strange headings. E.g. write “Personal statement” not “Everything you need to know about me”/”my life story”/”why you should hire me”.

Remember the key areas to include in your CV are:

  1. Personal details
  2. Personal statement
  3. Employment history
  4. Qualifications
  5. Interests
  6. References

Find out more information about how to write a CV or for more support and advice go to Twin Employment and Training website and contact our team today.