This is a challenge, and has so much potential for bias either way that it is now often deprecated in favour of structured job application forms. If done well, it can help get that post. Americans call it a resumé which is an interesting, late borrowing from the French that might go right over our heads on the way across the pond.
- Accurate and important stuff on the first page in an easily readable font.
- Readable layout
- Grammar (best Queen's English in U.K. and American or Colonial English over there)
- Modify for job in hand
- Get someone else to check it
- When the interview comes you must be able to talk to all that's in your C.V.
- Attach all pages firmly together in a written application (especially where multiple copies of C.V. are asked for)
- Use distinctly coloured paper
- Use ornate fonts
- Use many fonts and font sizes
- Lie or inflate
- Hope they won't detect career breaks- explain them
- It can be done successfully in one page...but a cramped layout is counterproductive.
- The professional typist who corrects some jargon for you causing interview embarrassment if it gets that far.