A perfect CV, will not guarantee your next Accountancy Job, but it will certainly mean the difference between you been invited for an Interview or being instantly rejected.
So, once you have decided on your content and structure for your CV, you will need to think about how you present it along with spelling and grammar verification.
First impressions are important, so each section that you have chosen to include must be headed clearly so that the CV is pleasing to the eye. You should stick to consistent headings and sub-headings as well as a standard size and font. Generally, Time New Roman or Arial and size 10/12 are the standard. Using bold, italics or different sized fonts to highlight important information. You should justify your text to the left hand side keeping your paragraphs neat and tidy and easy to follow. Make sure that the space between each line is constant throughout as well. If you have a lot of text, then bullet points can be very useful to break up paragraphs and by breaking these even further into columns, you can make your CV look very professional e.g. in your personal details.
Try to ensure that your CV is not too long, as you will not keep the readers attention for a long period. Two pages is a standard length so avoid irrelevant information and keep it punchy. Make sure you have the most relevant information e.g. work experience at the beginning and highlight your most important skills here.
Include your name and page numbers on each page so avoid any confusion to the reader.
When you are actually writing the content, make sure that your sentences are short and to the point, highlighting only the most important information that is critical for the Accountancy Job you are applying to. Avoid writing in first person, which is using I throughout.
If you are lucky enough to be invited to an interview you may be asked to elaborate on the information in your CV, therefore, it is important it is accurate and you have not provided any false information. Be as honest as you can and try not to over-exaggerate.
Finally, spelling and grammar is crucial. Perform a spell check on the document and kindly ask a friend or colleague to read it to make sure it makes sense and flows. Print off the CV and read it offline as well as it may take several times of reading it to find there are mistakes or changes that need to be made.
Although the presentation, spelling and grammar are vital, the content and structure is also just as important. By bearing all these points in mind, you will be well on your way to writing a perfect CV that could just secure you your next Accountancy Job.