Part 3g: The CV Text And Headings
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Make sure that the CV is readable - do not go smaller than 10 point text. If you need to, then consider going over to a second page or cutting something out. Never go under 10 point.
Make sure that headings are not too large. They need to be prominent above the text but not dwarf them, nor indeed fill up too much space.
Remember that the space below a heading should be as large as the space between each paragraph. Use consistent styles of headings, and size of headings throughout.
It looks messy if for one section you have a size 18 arial heading, then elsewhere a size 14 point times roman, for instance. Consistency is king.
When you bracket, bracket on both sides (z) not z); as you can see (z) is much clearer. If you are using bullet points, use a familiar form throughout, not small circles at one stage, arrows at another and hyphens at another. Indent consistently.
If you have an area of dense text which you cannot avoid, then try to bullet point it, or indent sufficiently so as to try and break it up a little and make it more readable.
Layout is very important.
A messy CV is unlikely to get read or cause a good impression, no matter how good the content of the CV.
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