When you start to prepare your CV for job applications, you will be looking for ways to make it stand out from the crowd. This is exactly what you should be doing. With such strong competition in the job market, it's vital that your CV makes a powerful impact and grabs the attention of recruiters or hiring managers. But should you do this by adding colour to your CV?
You shouldn’t include colour in your CV, unless used sparingly to draw attention to key aspects of the document. For example, highlighting headings in a pale shade of blue can ensure your CV's sections are clearly separated. But colour isn’t necessary in your CV and it is something you should avoid in large quantities. Colour won’t impress hiring managers. You can only rely on the CV's content to do that.
In recent times, it has become common to use colour in CVs. Many people feel colour makes their CV stand out and appear modern.
In some cases, this is true. Colour can be beneficial in small doses when used appropriately. If used in headings or impact statements to make the content more prominent, colour can play a role in improving the effectiveness of your CV. But, as previously mentioned, colour should be used sparingly.