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CV balance is something that most people (and lots of CV companies) don\'t even consider, let alone concern themselves with. Nevertheless, it is important, and this article should hopefully draw your attention to some of the issues associated with CV balance.

First of all, it is probably useful to start off with describing what an unbalanced CV is like.

There are numerous different ways to making your CV unbalanced (it is a veritable minefield!) but one way or another it usually involves focusing too much on one particular aspect, and not enough on others.

For example, one common fault of IT professionals is to make their CVs too technical. Indeed, many IT CVs don\'t even read like a typical CV; some of them are long lists reeling off programmes, software and operating systems they are familiar with. Similarly, a lot of IT professionals include additional sections such as a special ‘IT skills’ section. While sometimes this is useful, at other times it is counter-productive, and especially if it makes the CV repetitive, one-dimensional or monotonous; as it frequently does. If you are not sure in your writing skills you can write to certified federal resume writer online.

A better way to go about things is to remember that an employer isn\'t just looking for someone with a particular skill set. Most employers are also looking for the right person to fit into their organisation. Consequently, as well as highlighting your technical skills, you also need to illustrate your appropriate personal traits and characteristics. Please note the word, appropriate, as you need to be selective rather than just include everything.

As mentioned, there are numerous ways how people make their CV unbalanced, and there isn\'t space to list them all here. However, one very common mistake people make is to forget that CV balance affects presentation. And often it can affect it adversely.

For example, some people have difficulty writing concisely. Sometimes this manifests itself in creating numerous achievements which are spread over multiple lines. If you have 15 achievements, and you take three or four lines to write each one, then this means that 45 to 60 lines of your CV is taken up with achievements alone. If you want to maintain a good length (which you should) then if you use up 60 lines on achievements, this doesn\'t leave much room on your CV for anything else, so it becomes unbalanced.

There is a work around this problem, and that is to write concisely. For example, the best professional CV writers can take your 60 lines of achievements and turn them into e.g. just 10 lines, whilst not losing any value. Indeed, they will add significant extra value in far fewer words.
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