Choosing the right CV style
There is a wide variety of different CV styles to choose from and while most people choose a chronological CV layout, there may be occasions when an alternative type of CV is called for. Alternative CV styles such as functional, summary or non-traditional CVs are outlined below showing the benefits and key points for using these CV styles.
- This is the most commonly used CV style and it will usually cover two pages.
- Information is listed job to job and laid out in chronological order from present to past.
- It is best used if you have a steady career progression in one chosen field and are applying for a job in a similar industry.
- The emphasis is put on your employment history, education and skills.
- This CV is generally well received by employers as they can easily compare candidates.
- This CV style places emphasis on your overall transferable skills gained rather than work history.
- Use two or three key headings with transferable skills/achievements listed underneath.
- Best used if you have gaps in your employment history or you are changing career direction.
- Useful for those with little experience or starting out to show your match to a job spec.
- Focuses on your whole working career and can also incorporate personal achievements.
- Employers are often wary of this style of CV and may consider the candidate to be hiding something.
- One page CV giving a brief overview of skills and abilities.
- This CV style can be used as part of speculative approach to entice the reader.
- Often contains a simple list of things you can do for the employer.
- More detailed American styled versions will include a brief synopsis of your education, skills and work experience.
- Many options and formats can be used – combinations of the above styles, digital CVs, video CVs, infographic CVs, animated CVs etc.
- These CVs are mostly used for creative or digital jobs.
- Not always well received by employers outside of creative industries – seen as unprofessional.
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