Chapter 2

Aesthetics and presentation: looking good on paper

Presentation, presentation, presentation. The very first step you should take in creating your CV is to stop to think for a moment about how you are going to present it. Most jobseekers don’t realise that the way their CV is presented can often be of more value in getting to the next stage of the application process than the information itself. You will make an impression on the reader even before they read a single word. Presentation can make all the difference between success and failure.

If the presentation of the CV is thoroughly professional then the applicant immediately gives the impression of being thoroughly professional themselves. But the opposite also applies: a poorly ...

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