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What is the Best CV Layout?

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The layout of your CV is crucial to your chances of landing interviews, as employers and recruiters take just 30 to 60 seconds to decide who they want to interview.

In this article, you'll learn how to improve your CV layout and what information you must include.

Please see our free CV examples if you want to see actual examples of how Bradley CVs lays out a CV - these were produced by our professional CV writing service.

There is no wrong or right layout, as there is no agreed standard for how a CV should be presented. What might work brilliantly for one person won't necessarily be the best CV layout for someone else, so please use your own judgement.

1. Name and Contact Details Must be First in any CV layout

2. You Must Include a Profile / Summary

3. Major Achievements are Vital in Your CV Layout

4. Career History / Work Experience

5. Where Should You List Education / Qualifications in Your CV Layout?

For recent graduates or current students, you may want to include your education / qualifications on page 1 of your CV layout, straight after the major achievements section and before your work experience section.

It just depends on whether your education or work experience are of more importance to your next potential employer. If work experience is more important, then list it before your education, otherwise list education first.

Once you've left education and started work, you should normally list your education and qualification after your career history in your CV layout, as this is what employers generally prefer.

Bachelor degrees, masters and PhDs should all be included on your CV. But once you have these qualifications, you can omit lesser qualifications such as GCSEs if you are short of space.

6. Relevant Training Courses

7. Should Special Skills be Listed in Your CV Layout?

8. Do Hobbies and Interests Still Have a Place on Your CV?

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9. Should References be Included in Your CV Layout?

10. How to Layout a CV and Get Far More Interviews

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