How to Write an Effective CV – 5 Steps from the Experts

If you’re looking for your dream job, you might as well know what employers nowadays are looking for.

It’s not just about how skilled you are or how many credentials you’re holding. It’s also about how good you look on paper.

The job industry is highly competitive, and you need to make sure that you check all the right boxes and stand out in a possibly endless list of potential candidates.


Your dream organization is looking for a candidate, just like you. You know you are not only well-suited, but you also deserve it. You send your CV anxiously waiting for the phone to ring. But unfortunately, that didn’t happen.

Can’t figure out why? They read your CV and unfortunately it wasn’t good enough.


Whether you are looking for permanent or temporary recruitment, Horner has all the right tips for you to nail your next employment opportunity.

Follow this guide to never fail again in achieving your career goals.

Step 1: Focus on clarity

Let’s start with the basics. The most common mistake candidates make on their CV is when they use fancy or unclear fonts. The text needs to be simple and yet decent enough to intrigue your employer. Use fonts like Tahoma, Arial and Helvetica.

You can also use Bookman Old Style, Times New Roman or even sans-serif. Your font size should not be bigger than 11 to 12 points with single spacing between the lines. For headings and titles, you can use font size up to 14 to 16 points.

Step 2: Don’t use gimmicks

Always remember, LESS IS MORE.

You might be thinking about what kind of statement is that. Hang on with us. You need to understand that the white spaces in your CV can also be your friend. Even recruiters need a breathing space.

No matter how good you may be with the colors, keep the CV in black and white. Use too many graphics, and it might look illegible.

Step 3: Consistency is everything

You CV must have at least one-inch margin on all sides. Make sure that you are consistent with your headings. Make them readable, might want to use bold style but go easy on the italics and avoid underlining as much as possible.

Step 4: Short and sweet always wins

You must have heard the phrase, “The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

This is more likely the case with CVs as well. Even if you hold a lot of credentials in your arsenal, always mention the most recent and relevant ones.

Step 5: No photos unless necessary

Unless you’ve been asked explicitly to add your photos, our suggestion is to avoid it.

And if asked – use a good picture with a professional look rather than the ones you use on social media.

We hope this guide helped you, HAPPY HUNTING AND Good Luck.

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