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Should you add graphics and colour to a CV?
Date: 05/10/2011
For the vast majority of people the answer to both of these questions is straightforward: recruiters alike will tell you that content, structure and overall layout are the only things that matter, because your CV must only evidence your capabilities and experience in a clear and digestible manner. In most cases, adding colour or graphic images will do nothing to advance these objectives.
 
Some retort that adding graphics, colour and images can help make your CV standout.  It is even fashionable to claim that adding such things helps to market you as a distinctive brand.  There are some companies who encourage you to design your own personal logo or even add a slogan to this effect.
 
These strategies are based on same logic that led to some sensational antics to gain attention: for instance, one bright spark decided to wrap their CV around a brick and throw it through the window of the prospective employer.  Well, it did gain their attention - just not in the way that individual hoped!!  Needless to say, they didn’t hire him. 
 
Clever designs, in most cases, are just ignored or, at worst, induce a feeling of disbelief and ridicule.  Basically, let your experience speak for itself and present it compellingly. This is the only sure way to produce a decent CV.
 

The only caveat to this rule applies to those working in creative sectors, like graphic designers or beauticians who might need to evidence some creative flair on their CV or add a photo to evidence their make-up skills, respectively.  In such cases, this is fine so long as it does not distract from the content.  Just as you would approach a brief, remember the needs of the customer in all you do.

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A great start-up weekend
Date: 04/04/2011

The weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of April, saw our flagship UK jobsite go to full steam ahead. Why we think you will like the site;

We aim to bring you relevant jobs and for Employers, relevant jobseekers.

If you would like any more information regarding our website, please get in touch here

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New Website Now Online!
Date: 02/12/2011

We are please to announce our new website is now online.

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News From The BBC

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The latest stories from the UK section of the BBC News web site.


MH17 black boxes arrive in Britain
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:56:32 GMT

The black box flight recorders from downed flight MH17 arrive in the UK for analysis by air accident investigators.

Geldof died of heroin overdose
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:19:48 GMT

Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner rules.

Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:45:04 GMT

The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.

UK licensing arms exports to Russia
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:41:26 GMT

Licences to export arms worth millions of pounds to Russia remain in place despite fears Moscow is arming rebels in Ukraine, MPs have said.

Young adults face housing squeeze
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:38:10 GMT

A growing proportion of young people have been squeezed out of the housing market in England and are renting privately instead, a report suggests.

Porn filter shunned by UK net users
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:30:42 GMT

The vast majority of new broadband customers are declining to sign up to "child friendly" filters when prompted to do so by UK service providers.

Fresh public sector strike planned
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:49 GMT

Local government and school support workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are to mount a second day of strike action.

Bank and business at odds over rates
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:23:44 GMT

Bank of England minutes show officials are still wary over raising interest rates while the Institute of Directors believes the Bank is being too cautious.

Airline route assessments criticised
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:50:08 GMT

Safety assessments for risky air routes are "not good enough", the British Airline Pilots Association says.

No apology from Gaza tweet Lib Dem
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:38:32 GMT

Lib Dem MP David Ward declines to apologise for widely criticised comments on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Disability benefits flaws 'grave'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:29:26 GMT

The disability benefits system requires a "fundamental redesign" because flaws in the process are so "grave", a group of MPs says.

Club admits failures over boy's death
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:30:55 GMT

A football club pleads guilty to breach of health and safety over the death of a 12-year-old who died when a goal post fell on top of him.

Labour's Frank Dobson to quit as MP
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:16:23 GMT

Former Labour cabinet member Frank Dobson announces he will stand down as an MP at the general election next year.

'Fewer degree offers' for minorities
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:16:48 GMT

Ethnic minority students are less likely to receive offers from UK universities than their white British peers, research suggests.

Paedophile singer seeks sentence cut
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:49:53 GMT

Judges are deciding whether paedophile rock star Ian Watkins can appeal against the length of his jail term for child sex offences, including the attempted rape of a baby.

Stowell rejects Tory 'top-up' salary
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:36:14 GMT

Baroness Stowell rejects a Conservative offer to pay part of her salary, saying it would be a conflict of interest.

Commonwealth edged out of Booker
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:44:42 GMT

Writers from many Commonwealth countries are sidelined from the Booker Prize longlist, after the award is opened up to US writers for the first time.

Two rare Amur leopards born at zoo
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:55:10 GMT

A pair of Amur leopards, which zookeepers say are on the brink of extinction, are born at Leicestershire's Twycross Zoo.

Man shot in legs 'by appointment'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:44:33 GMT

A man who was injured in a gun attack in Londonderry was "shot by appointment", says a DUP MLA.

Engineering firm to create 40 jobs
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:40:43 GMT

A Londonderry-based engineering firm is to create 40 new jobs after bringing a new investor on board.

15th record inquiry nurse suspended
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:33:49 GMT

Another nurse is suspended as part of an inquiry into the alleged falsification of patient records at south Wales hospitals, taking the total to 15.

New inquiry over council boss money
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:36:21 GMT

A new police investigation is launched into unlawful pension salary supplements paid to the chief executive of Pembrokeshire council.

Tower open after smoking cable alert
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:25:11 GMT

Glasgow Science Centre tower opens as normal after fire crews were called on Tuesday to tackle a smoking cable.

Figures reveal rape report locations
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:15:30 GMT

More rapes were reported in West Fife than any other area in Scotland over a 14-month period, according to data obtained by BBC Scotland.

'Trojan Horse' probe 'needs review'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:08:52 GMT

The council-commissioned review into the so-called Trojan Horse allegations "ought to be reviewed itself", teachers say.

Police 'failing to use handbrakes'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:00:59 GMT

Thousands of pounds of damage is caused to police cars and property after officers fail to apply the handbrake properly.

Glasgow Games to be 'biggest and best'
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:00:34 GMT

Athletes from 71 nations will compete in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, which get under way with the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

VIDEO: Jason Statham's Games diving display
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:40:22 GMT

Hollywood actor Jason Statham competes for England in the diving competition at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.

After 10 days & 8,500 miles... St Helena reach Glasgow
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:42:16 GMT

St Helena's Commonwealth Games team travel five days on a ship and then take two flights to reach Glasgow 2014.

Do four-year-olds need a graduation ceremony?
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:27:13 GMT

Pre-school graduation ceremonies are a growing phenomenon in UK nurseries.

The deaths uniting women across the world
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:10:42 GMT

After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically.

The children left behind in hot cars
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:23:36 GMT

Every few days in the US, there are reports of young children dying from heatstroke after being left in parked cars. Why so often?

Row over 'bonkers' EU energy plan
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 03:28:08 GMT

EU commissioners meet today to agree an energy savings target for 2030 amid serious disagreement about how ambitious it should be.

Labour wants Grieve advice published
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:14:39 GMT

Labour asks David Cameron to publish Dominic Grieve's legal advice on plans to give MPs a veto human rights rulings.

EU to widen Russia sanctions
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:20 GMT

The EU will widen sanctions against Russia to include more individuals and consider targeting the defence sector, the Dutch foreign minister says.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:41:42 GMT

Israel's response to rocket attacks must be "proportionate", insists a minister.

AUDIO: Police warn teens over explicit texts
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:37:11 GMT

Teenagers who send explicit pictures of each other could be threatened with prosecution, a police officer warns.

VIDEO: Scotland's athletes hope for medals
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:53:15 GMT

While Glasgow hopes to make an impression as host of the Commonwealth Games, Scotland's athletes will be hoping to make a lasting impression on the medal table.

VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:05:37 GMT

Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.

AUDIO: Gay man had shocks on NHS as 'cure'
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:22:13 GMT

A man who was given electric shocks on the NHS in the 1970's to 'cure' his homosexuality says he 'deeply regrets' it.

VIDEO: Student texts make fly on wall TV show
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:08 GMT

BBC Click's Spencer Kelly goes behind the scenes of the TV programme The Secret Lives of Students.

VIDEO: Would you eat a 'waste' food curry?
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 02:21:51 GMT

Adam Smith set up the UK's first cafe which serves only waste, or "intercepted", food.

VIDEO: Play highlights housing frustration
Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:16:26 GMT

The pitfalls of London's property market have been highlighted in a play at the Old Vic.

VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:12:00 GMT

As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.

Which sport are you made for? Take our test
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:45:30 GMT

Take our test to see which Commonwealth Games events match your abilities.

The curious world of street furniture
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:21:57 GMT

The curious world of England's street furniture

Help to cope with a parent in prison
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:03:05 GMT

Helping children cope with a parent in prison

Who was Alexander Litvinenko?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:29:06 GMT

Why is the death of Alexander Litvinenko so notorious?

When will we take honey seriously?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:09:22 GMT

Should we go back to using honey as a medicine?

Fly on the Facebook wall documentary
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:01:14 GMT

The TV team 'spying' on students' social media lives

How many times did court doors close?
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:25:26 GMT

Why some evidence is being heard behind closed doors

Five ways Aldi cracked the supermarket business
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:32:03 GMT

Five ways Aldi changed the world of supermarkets

A child abuse 'out of the ordinary'
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:22:57 GMT

The child abuse taking place in 'loving and caring' families

'Feeble' EU and UK 'hypocrisy' - the papers
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:44:03 GMT

Press examines claims of UK hypocrisy over Russia