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Join Date: Aug 2007
It seems that many focus on content and finally tend to neglect presentation. As I'm not a native English speaker my posts are not good example though.
I've noticed that very often even basic typographic rules are not respected (don't rely on MS Word!) and also the overall presentation of the CV/résumé does often not leave a very positive impression.
While content is important the overall presentation counts a lot too. Don't mix fonts, avoid unrequired font attribute changes (underlining, bold, italic) and choose an easy to read font. Use a reasonable line spacing and font size.Also avoid text in fancy colors. Black or dark blue is fine but flashy colors look more annoying than creative, are harder to read and may also cause problems with photocopies.
Keep a logical structure and remember that those who read CVs usually don't have much time. So keep it simple and to the point. It's better to omit some secondary information as if the document becomes too long it probably won't be read totally. Make sure your contact data appears clearly on the first page.
Rules about CV/résumés seem to change from time to time so I can't give precise advice, it depends also on the job and the country.
I've seen many résumés and overall most were not very well presented. Even many still had some typos and other typographic errors (be very careful with dots, be consistent).
Last detail: Don't neglect the envelope, double check the address for errors and fold the letter correctly.If you use an envelope with an address window (or however it's called in Engllish) check the placement of the address text. The one who reads your letter will not necessarily always get the envelope but still pay attention to such details.
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