Pick the Best CV Format


CV: Proper Order of Sections

  1. CV Header with Contact Information
  2. Personal Profile: CV Objective or CV Summary
  3. Work Experience
  4. Education
  5. Skills
  6. Additional Sections

Pro Tip: If you’re fresh out of uni and need to write a student CV with no experience, or if you’ve graduated from a very prestigious institution within the last 5 years, put your education section above your work experience.

When filling in the sections, always keep in mind the gold CV formatting rules:

  1. Choose clear, legible fonts

Go for one of the standard CV typefaces: Arial, Tahoma, or Helvetica if you prefer sans-serif fonts, and Times New Roman or Bookman Old Style if serif fonts are your usual pick.

Use 11 to 12 pt font size and single spacing. For your name and section titles, pick 14 to 16 pt font size.

  1. Be consistent with your CV layout

Set one-inch margins for all four sides. Make sure your CV headings are uniform—make them larger and in bold but go easy on italics and underlining. Stick to a single dates format on your CV: for example 11-2017, or November 2017.

  1. Don’t cram your CV with gimmicky graphics

Less is more.

White space is your friend—recruiters need some breathing room!

Plus, most of the time, after you send out your CV, it’s going to be printed in black ink on white paper. Too many graphics might make it illegible.


  1. Get photos off of your CV

Unless you’re explicitly asked to include your photograph in the job ad. If so—make sure to use a professional looking picture, but not as stiff as an ID photo.

  1. Make your CV brief and relevant

Don’t be one of those candidates stuck in the nineties who think they have to include every single detail about their lives on their CVs.