CV Templates - Are they any good?
Your CV is your only chance to make an amazing first impression. Using a one-size-fits-all CV template is a sure fire way to send the clear message “I am pretty much like everyone else.”
Even if you don’t use a template, you might be tempted to steal a CV format you find online:
Using a one-size-fits-all CV template is a sure fire way to send the clear message “I am pretty much like everyone else.”
Here’s why not to do that…
When you use a CV template, or copy someone else’s format, you’re allowing someone else to dictate what you say about yourself and how you say it. You’re squeezing yourself into a box that may or may not be a good fit for you. That doesn’t make any sense. That’s not to say you shouldn’t take ideas from other CVs, but we would always suggest getting a free review from a professional CV writer.
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3 steps to a successful CV...
- Don’t be afraid to take ideas from more than one CV, so that the resulting document suits you and not someone else.
- When determining how to lay out your CV: consider what message you want to convey. What are your main selling points? Why should employers be interested in you? What makes you different from other candidates?
- Once you know these things, you can choose a CV format that fits you, rather than trying to shoehorn your background into a set template.
The number one key to a successful CV, one that grabs attention and makes employers want to call, is that it stands out from the rest. The only way to do that is to create a document that is as unique as you. And you can’t do that if you’re copying what someone else already did.