Almost everyone I have spoken to with experience of recruitment has described with a sneer the really appalling CVs they have received. These people can generally do no better, believe me because I’ve seen their own efforts—but there is some truth to the rumours and it is the case that any half–way decent CV truly does stand out from the crowd of eccentric and underpowered offerings. What can you do

Areas covered in this article: The mechanics of producing a decent CV The thought process behind a good CV I want to simplify the subject by keeping away from jargon and concentrating on what a CV is actually for. When I started writing CVs for a living we were just moving from the age of the stencil to DTP and photocopying on expensive paper – CVs looked better but they