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What is the Best Layout For My CV?

Updated: Oct 18, 2021

Chronological, Functional, Biographical?


The best layout for a CV depends on the job application and the personal style of the applicant.


The first thing to consider is if you want to use a one-page or two-page format. A one-page format is perfect for those who want to highlight their most important personal and professional skills as it is typically more concise than a two-page format.


On the other hand, those who have many skills or work experiences may prefer to use a two-page format as it leaves space for additional information and allows them to better show off their qualifications.


It's also important to consider what information you would like employers to see first and foremost when looking at your CV. If you are applying for a design position, then an aesthetically pleasing HR template might be best while if you are applying


Most Common Layouts


The layout of your CV is important for presenting your credentials and achievements at the best light. Employers use CVs for shortlisting candidates so it is important to show them what they are looking for.


Here are 6 most common CV Layouts:

  1. Biographical: This layout starts with the vital statistics and the education and then moves on to work experience, volunteer work, and skills.

  2. Functional: This is a more traditional layout where it starts with skills and experience followed by education if any followed by work experience in reverse chronological order

  3. Combination: A combination of the two layouts mentioned above means that it has both sections mentioned in one CV

  4. Chronological layout: Your most recent job should be at the top of the page. This provides a clear overview of your career path. It gives employers an idea about where you have been and what you have accomplished in your work life so far.

  5. Functional layout: Employers will not know your career history if you use this layout since all they see is skills aligned to specific jobs or tasks on top of each other without any context or order. The only way to make it work is if you

  6. Hybrid Layout: A hybrid of both chronological and functional layouts.


Overall, there are various options to choose from for layout of your CV, it just depends on what is most successful for you and your desired job role and other personal factors.


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