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Should a CV be rejected because of its colour?

Even in today’s modern society the use of colour can play a huge part in making that all-important good first impression and therefore determine whether you are selected for interview or not.

A bright yellow CV with orange and green headings might appeal to some people with flamboyant tastes, but to most it would simply appear outrageous and an affront to their sensibilities.

A CV presented on a plain white background with black text and perhaps a neutral spot colour for headings will win no awards for artistic design but could certainly not be called outrageous, so therefore will not be rejected on that basis.

Put another way, a brightly coloured CV is more likely to be rejected purely based on its appearance than a more conservative or conventional version.

So how much decoration is acceptable?

There is some room for a little personalisation, just as long as it is not overbearing, or likely to raise an eyebrow or cause a frown.

Colour is acceptable in small doses such as lightly coloured headings or a feint background wash.

Watermarks are a good way of adding your own personal mark to a CV.

A simple border – plain or lightly patterned – can add to the appearance and memorability of a CV.

As ever, though, of far greater importance are the content of the CV, the structure, and the language used.

To ensure that the reader is captivated, convinced, and ultimately compelled to invite you to interview, every word, all phrases and each sentence have to be carefully considered, thoughtfully selected, and presented in such a way as to inspire action.

If you are not sure whether your CV or resume is up to the task it would be a good idea to get someone to look over it.

Who better than an experienced, professional CV writer who can analyse and assess it for you for free? They can give you their professional opinion as to whether your CV not only looks right but gives enough compelling reasons why you should be invited for interview, or whether you will never hear from that prospective employer again.

If it needs work they can do it for you quickly and cheaply so your next application won't be wasted.

Before you send it to anyone else get your CV checked out.

Try this.

Click on FREE Advice and Checking, and when you submit your CV for analysis not only will you receive a free, comprehensive report on the strength of your CV but you can also download free advice on how to write a CV.

These are free services, and you would only need to pay anything if you asked to have your CV written or re-written - there is absolutely no obligation whatsoever.

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