Customising your graphical CV template
- Use these graphical CV templates where appropriate – for example, they are perfect for marketing jobs, or roles where creative flair is a must!
- Don’t overload your CV with unnecessary information and waffle. It’ll make it harder for HR to find what they really want to see. Use the headings provided and tailor what you put into the CV to the job position you’re applying for. This makes you look more suited to the role than you would if you just sent out a generic CV.
- Be cautious about the personal information you offer. For example, does your prospective employer really need to know that you’re married with 3 kids, or you’re 50? This type of information might say to your employer that you have a lot of out-of-work commitments that might get in the way of the job, or that you might not be as in touch with the latest developments in your area of expertise as somebody younger. It’d be lovely to think that people don’t exercise any of their prejudices and view all CVs without any discrimination but the fact is, we’re only human. The aim of the game is to get your foot in the door and secure an interview, giving you the chance to impress them in person. So don’t give them any reason to reject you at CV stage.
- Check out our free guide on ‘How to write a CV’ (or ‘How to write a CV for clinical jobs‘) and view examples of CVs.
- Check the requirements of applying for the job carefully – messing up on small details like applying to the right person, getting their name right, and including the information they’ve asked for in your application, can be the difference between getting the interview and seeing your CV end up in their bin.