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CV Presentation Secret: use of white space on a CV

author Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert         date 3 Jul 2020

This is white space

So…. what exactly is white space?

White space, often referred to as negative space, is a term used to describe open space between design elements. That is; the white area between a header and a paragraph, or different paragraphs, or line spacing all referred to as white space.

White space is an important layout technique and design concept which is often very hard to teach. How can I convince you that ’emptiness’, ‘nothing’, ‘blank’ and ‘negative’ can be things that are valuable and important on your CV?

Then I thought, wait a minute. A picture speaks more than a thousand words so let us demonstrate the effectiveness of using white space in design:

Good use of white space

Preview of good use of white space to improve CV presentation

Limited use of white space:

How not to use whitespace

Which of the two CVs looks more appealing to you?

Most people would say the first example.

Benefits of using white space on your CV

The correct use of ‘white space’ can be a critical factor for the presentation of your CV. Some of the benefits are:

  • It makes scanning information much easier
  • Believe it or not, it will actually increase the chances of your CV being read!
  • The CV looks more organised and well-structured.
  • The CV doesn’t look cluttered
  • It avoids information overload
  • It creates a visual breathing space for the eyes… (I know that this may sound very poetic and philosophical, but it is true!)

How to use white space on your CV

Okay, we have discussed what white space is and its benefits. So how do we practically employ the use of white space? The answer:

  • Heading space
  • Margins
  • Line spacing
  • Image spacing

Any of the above-mentioned aspects of CV writing can be optimised to make full use of white-space.

Important note: some people, so extremely impressed by our article above, will go away and hand in a CV that is half empty! Please do not overdo the use of white space, it will make you look like someone who hasn’t got much to say or hasn’t done much in his life! Find the balance, and you’ll see the magic.

Written by Sobhan Mohmand
Sobhan is a qualified Careers Advisor and Professional CV Writer with over 10 years of experience in helping job seekers get a job. He is a Member of the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on the official UK Register of Career Development Professionals. He holds a Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development (QCF).