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Our free Career Advice section will put you ahead of the competition. We cover topics such as interviewing techniques, CV/resume tips, job search recommendations and more.

Choosing Design and Content for Maximum Results

If you choose to develop your own CV or resume, it is essential to make sure that your design and content choices make sense.

Format consistently. This sounds simple enough, but it is imperative that your documents maintain the same formatting throughout. For example, if you have 1" margins on your CV/Resume, then you should apply the same formatting techniques to your Cover Letters, References, and Thank you letters. Additionally, you should be using the same paper, font, and envelopes for all of your correspondence.

Format consistently. This sounds simple enough, but it is imperative that your documents maintain the same formatting throughout. For example, if you have 1" margins on your CV/Resume, then you should apply the same formatting techniques to your Cover Letters, References, and Thank you letters. Additionally, you should be using the same paper, font, and envelopes for all of your correspondence.

Make your message consistent. Every cover letter, CV/Resume, Thank you letter and reference should be consistently sending the same message. The message that you are trying to convey is that you are a highly trained professional that is qualified for the position. You are not sending that message to an employer if your CV/Resume is poorly written, your cover letter is generic, and you do not follow up with a thank you letter.

Don't generalize. All of your documents (your CV/Resume, Thank you letters, etc.) should be tailored to the position that you are interested in. This means that if your current title is a "Team Leader" but for the position that you are applying for it is called "Department Manager", then you should provide information to the employer that the titles are interchangeable.

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