If you’ve ever written a CV before, or read an article about writing CVs, it may seem almost like an art form. And in many ways, it isthere are people out there whose jobs are simply to help people write and rewrite their CVs to optimise their chances of getting hired.
People have done some mad stuff to get noticed, like video CVs, photo CVs, and even scented CVs. But you don’t need a rose-scented CV to get noticed. A good header is one great way to get a hiring manager’s attention, and here’s how to create the best one for your CV.
Obviously, your name is going to go at the top of your CV. It should be the largest thing on your CV, a font slightly larger than the largest font in the body of your CV. You want your name to stand out, but not overwhelm or turn off the reader.
If you want, you can make it bold or italicise it, or even both, as long as you’re not using a random font. Whilst we’re on that subject, stylising your fonts is fine to a point, but keep it professional. You want your CV to be legible and taken seriously. Avoid comic sans font at all costs.
You’re probably not going to be getting an engraved invitation to an interview or even a paper copy of a rejection letter, so some might ask why it’s important to put your street address on your CV. It’s a good idea to do so, because it shows where you are in relation to where the office iscommuting and relocating is something hiring managers take into consideration logistically when choosing candidates.
It also shows stable residence location, and provides a place for informational packets to be sent on the chance that they do send you paper post. This can be in much smaller font, but should still be easily legible.
Your Phone Number
It’s important that you have your phone number in a place where it’s easily found. It can be the same font size as your address, but should be just below or near your name. Your phone number is the best way for employers to contact you should you score an interview, so make sure they can find it. And make sure it’s correct! One wrong digit can mean a lost opportunity.
Your E-Mail Address
This address is equally as important as your phone number. Almost half of all interviews are set up in part over e-mail. You want your email to be as professional sounding as possible, so don’t use XOSweetLipsXO@emailaccount.com on your CV.
Email addresses are free on many services, so find one and create a professional-sounding name. Put your email address near your phone number where it can be easily found.
Your Web Address
If relevant, attach a link to your industry-related website so your prospective employer can see your work. If you have a business related to the industry or have an online portfolio, it’s a good idea to include this in your CV.
Your Social Media Account
No, you don’t have to link your Facebook album of Spring Break 2007, but it’s a good idea to provide a link to your LinkedIn account so your prospective employer can get a good idea of everything you’ve been doing professionallythe information you couldn”t include in your CV. Make sure your LinkedIn is updated and clean with a professional-looking, recent photograph.
Your header is only about an inch of space and maybe a few lines of text, but it speaks volumes about you and your level of professionalism. Adding these few lines of contact information can give the hiring manager a better idea of who you are and how you work. For more help, try LiveCareer’s CV Builder, whilst will help you write an entire CV in a matter of minutes.