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How to design your CV

Design your CV

Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) doesn’t just have to say the right things, it also needs to look the part. A poorly structured CV will no doubt end up in the rejected pile which is a waste of your time, and the employers.

The good news is, it won’t take much to have a tinker and ensure you have the right look to secure that role. Whether it is an Interior Design job, Architecture job or Property job you are seeking, the following hints and tips will help your CV shine in its design.

1.) Chronological order

List your jobs and qualifications in chronological order. Starting with the most recent first, list dates and job titles followed by responsibilities and key successes. This paints a picture of your experience from now and where you’ve been. Ensure work comes before education also.

2.) Be concise

There will be a temptation to put down every single duty, success and responsibility for every one of your jobs or qualifications. While it is great to list your successes, try to be as concise about them as you can. What did you do and what was the outcome? I.e. co-designed building 2 at some business park – resulted in a £2million profit and retention for future expansions.

3.) Over-designed

In a creative industry such as property design, we all have a flair for stepping outside of the box and flexing our creative finger. This should certainly shine through on your CV but be mindful of moderation. If more page space has been given to imagery/layout vs. content you have probably gone a bit too far. Keep it clear and readable.

4.) Standard formatting

Keeping with the “over-designed” theme, keep the formatting simple. Lines should be no more than 1.5 gap and use bolds, italics and underlines sparingly and consistently. For example, all headings should be bold but try not to use bold mid-sentence. Margins should be roughly 2.5cm each side and orientation – portrait. Exceptions to this rule can be additional portfolio examples.

5.) Basic, modern font

Make the content easy to read with basic modern fonts. Good fonts to use include, Calibri, Ariel, Verdana and Times New Roman. Fonts which are hard to read are not acceptable. Also keep fonts to one or two sizes – headings can be larger while content smaller. Similarly, font should be in one colour without highlights unless specifically asked by the employer.

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To search our current jobs visit https://www.hunterdunning.co.uk and use our search function to find that perfect job in Interior Design, or maybe a job in Architecture. We also have a number of jobs in property.

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