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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational by John Middleton

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29Set the right tone

OK, so you want to get noticed but you also want that interview so don’t want to go over the top in terms of wackiness. Here’s what you need to know…

Getting the tone and style right requires a fine balance between presenting your case conservatively and being just that little bit different in order to catch the reader’s eye.

The job marketplace has an overwhelmingly conservative outlook. You may come across the occasional recruitment consultant whose palate is jaded through seeing too many CVs and who will advise you that doing something radically different with yours is an important way of distinguishing yourself from the pack. But for every iconoclast like that, you’ll find a hundred other recruitment consultants ...

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