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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

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

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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

BBC News - UK

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


Politicians ponder Scotland's future
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:12:37 GMT

Politicians on both sides of the independence debate are to consider the best way ahead for Scotland after voters backed remaining in the UK.

Police separate rivals in Glasgow
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:21:59 GMT

Police make six arrests after separating groups of rival Unionist and independence supporters in George Square in the centre of Glasgow.

Imams in hostage video appeal to IS
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 00:48:34 GMT

Leading British Muslim scholars make a direct appeal to Islamic State militants to free Alan Henning, a UK hostage threatened with death.

UK couple missing after hurricane
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:10:08 GMT

A British couple are reported missing off the Mexican coast after Hurricane Odile hit the country last weekend.

Oil firm to create West Lothian jobs
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 03:22:52 GMT

Aberdeen-based Oil and gas services company Oil States announces plans to create 100 new jobs in West Lothian.

Vodafone saves Phones 4U store jobs
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:34:20 GMT

Restructuring at the Phones 4U head office is resulting in 628 redundancies, but 887 jobs in stores will be preserved.

Alice suspect's bike is recovered
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:43:45 GMT

Police recover the mountain bike ridden by a convicted murderer wanted over the disappearance of 14-year-old schoolgirl Alice Gross.

May 'should reflect' on doctor abuse
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:08:31 GMT

A former head of the UK's child protection unit says Theresa May should "reflect on her position" over the government's handling of the Myles Bradbury case.

Rotherham child services boss quits
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:21:43 GMT

Joyce Thacker, the director for children's services at Rotherham council, resigns in the wake of the abuse report scandal.

Judge overturns legal aid change
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:12:31 GMT

A High Court judge rules that part of the government's legal aid reform is unlawful, after a challenge by lawyers.

Train stuck in floods after storms
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:51:57 GMT

Some 90 passengers are rescued from a train after it became trapped in flood water during a night of storms in southern England.

Ann Clwyd to stand for re-election
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:00:18 GMT

The Labour MP for Cynon Valley says she will stand for re-election next year, after "many requests" to reconsider her plans to retire.

Artist wins top painting prize at 80
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:18:16 GMT

Artist Rose Wylie wins the John Moores Painting Prize, one of the UK's most prestigious art awards, at the age of 80.

Sea alert fails to spoil wedding
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:39:36 GMT

A lifeboat crew's plan to give a colleague a wedding guard of honour is almost scuppered by a sea alert.

NI poll 'not needed after No vote'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:04:53 GMT

A vote on the future of Northern Ireland's border is not necessary following Scotland's 'No' vote, says First Minister Peter Robinson.

Teenager dies in County Down crash
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:08:19 GMT

A 19-year-old man dies following a car crash in County Down on the main coast road between Newcastle and Annalong.

Reward Wales, says ex-first minister
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:34:38 GMT

Wales should be rewarded for not putting the UK "through the mincer" of a referendum on independence, former first minister Rhodri Morgan says, after Scotland voted to stay in the UK.

Police seize 350,000 cocaine haul
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:13:15 GMT

Police arrest a man after seizing 350,000 in drugs during a raid in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Salmond to quit after Scots vote No
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:24:04 GMT

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland and Scottish National Party leader after voters rejected independence in Thursday's referendum.

Queen urges referendum 'respect'
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:12:13 GMT

The Queen says she believes Scotland will unite in a "spirit of mutual respect and support" following the independence referendum.

Mother unlawfully killed son, four
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:07:39 GMT

A four-year-old boy died when his mother set fire to their Liverpool home a day before he was due to be handed into the custody of his father, an inquest hears.

Wembley to host Euro 2020 final
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:06:05 GMT

Wembley will host the final and semi-finals of Euro 2020, while Hampden Park is also awarded games but Cardiff misses out.

Toure needs support, says Pellegrini
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:29:32 GMT

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admits that under-performing midfielder Yaya Toure needs support from the club.

Platini will not return 16,000 watch
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:08:52 GMT

Uefa president Michel Platini insists he will not return a watch given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation.

Is Diego Costa the real deal?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:11:40 GMT

Despite doubts in Spain about his talent and temperament, Diego Costa is already breaking records in the Premier League.

The Freudian phrases you use without realising it
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:36:35 GMT

Words and phrases popularised by Sigmund Freud are ingrained in everyday language - how did Freudian jargon become so widespread?

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:43:24 GMT

Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with your comments.

The father of 26 preaching birth control
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:19:25 GMT

Rural women in Ivory Coast typically work from dawn to dusk, while men get time off to relax. But now some men are being sent back to school.

Scotland votes 'No' to independence
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:51:44 GMT

As Scotland votes to stay in the UK Alex Salmond calls for the pledge of more devolved powers to be carried out, and David Cameron says the commitments will be honoured in full.

Row brewing over English powers
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:43:33 GMT

David Cameron and Ed Miliband are at odds over plans for English MPs to be given power over England-only issues.

Miliband queries PM devolution plan
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:47:12 GMT

Ed Miliband signals he will not sign up to David Cameron's plan for a new UK-wide devolution settlement before the 2015 election.

VIDEO: House of Commons
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:49:55 GMT

Tory MP John Baron asks an urgent question on the government's response to Islamic State.

VIDEO: What could Act Two hold? In 60 secs
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:45:10 GMT

The stage is still set for change after the independence vote, not just in the Scotland, but the rest of the UK.

VIDEO: UK mosques condemn hostage takers
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:15:13 GMT

Muslim leaders in the UK have condemned the actions of Islamist extremists holding British hostages.

VIDEO: Alice Gross: Police continue search
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:15:21 GMT

Police are continuing to search the home of Arnis Zalkalns, who is wanted in connection with the disappearance of teenager Alice Gross in west London.

VIDEO: Fancy a look inside Downing Street?
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:51:56 GMT

Some Westminster landmarks normally closed to the public, including Downing Street, will be open this weekend.

VIDEO: Police separate rival crowds in Glasgow
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 18:20:18 GMT

Protestors are demonstrating in Glasgow as supporters of the Yes and No campaigns gather in the city centre.

VIDEO: Voters' views as Salmond resigns
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:46:03 GMT

Alex Salmond is to step down as first minister of Scotland and as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after voters rejected independence in Thursday's referendum. Joanna Gosling hears from people in Aberdeen.

VIDEO: Could England demand devolution?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:16:03 GMT

Some of England's biggest cities, including Birmingham and Manchester, have backed calls for greater devolution of power from Westminster.

VIDEO: Legacy of CT scanner scientist
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:06:55 GMT

The scientist who helped develop the CT scanner has been celebrated by the University of Nottingham 10 years after his death.

A marriage counsellor on healing the referendum hurt
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:05:34 GMT

A marriage counsellor on healing the referendum hurt

Why I'll risk my life for Ebola patients
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:05:11 GMT

Why I'm risking my life to help people with Ebola

The politics of the English Question
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:39:30 GMT

James Landale on the politics of trying to answer

Could Scottish vote change England?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:38:39 GMT

What does the Scottish vote mean for England?

Has the moment for independence passed?
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:22:55 GMT

Scotland's moment for independence may have passed

Paradise island murder mystery
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 07:25:07 GMT

Mystery over tourist killings continues to baffle Thailand police

Dad would be dismayed today - Clough
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:20:45 GMT

Brian Clough would be dismayed by modern game, son says

'The disunited kingdom' - the papers
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:17:58 GMT

The papers take on the referendum's aftermath